Fun With Words

23 February 2008 at 11:10 am 4 comments

| Peter Klein |

You know the game where you take a common word, add or change one letter, and create a new definition? Our good friend Randy W. sends these examples, including some economics and management terms:

1. Cashtration: The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone: The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating.

I tried but all I could come up with is

6. Jive-forces analysis: a model analyzing the effect of intra- and
inter-industry rivalry on the truthfulness of corporate disclosures.

Dear readers, give it your best shot!

UPDATE: I thought of a few more:

7. Basset specificity: relationship specific investments dog-lovers make in their hounds.

8. Strategic compliments: what you give your significant other on Valentine’s Day.

9. Perennial gale of creative distraction: the blogosphere. (OK I changed two letters on that one.)

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Warren Miller  |  23 February 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Bargaining tower of suppliers and buyers: what monopoly vendors and customers look like to industry incumbents.

    Rompetition: what no margin pressure feels like.

    Tubstitutes: the output of alternative technologies for artificial sweeteners.

    Harrier to entry: an obstacle to becoming a cross-country runner.

    Mifferentiation: the feeling a differentiator gets when a competitor comes up with a really good imitation.

  • 2. Joe Mahoney  |  23 February 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Nice additions, Warren!

    I have just one to add to the list:

    Gore competence: What George Bush lacks.

  • 3. Marcus  |  24 February 2008 at 7:31 pm

    taxicology – the study of the deleterious effects of taxes on the economy.

  • 4. spostrel  |  25 February 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Isorating mechanism: A B-school program that all schools employ to boost their rankings.

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