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confusopoly

confusopoly  n.— Note: Often used (as in this article) and perhaps coined by Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert. «The goal of the people at the top now is to create what I call confusopolies. The barriers to entry to almost...

peanut buttering

peanut buttering  n.— «Peanut buttering (v)—The tendency to evenly distribute resources across the full range of a product rather than focusing on a few core Value Propositions. While discussing this issue recently someone described it as...

Tomnibus

Tomnibus  n.— «A product of Democratic frustration with the tactics of Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican and physician who has become the Dr. No of the Senate, the Tomnibus is a $10 billion collection of Coburn-blocked measures...

windowing

windowing  n.— «WS: How do you manage the windowing of your product across your own channels and third-party outlets? SUTTON: If our channels are buying the programming, it’s because they’re the most appropriate customers for it and...

Bite the Wax Tadpole

Martha and Grant discuss advertising slogans and product names supposedly botched in translation. They also recommend an eclectic mix of books for the word-lover on your holiday list, from military slang to Yiddish. Plus a slang quiz on the words...

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