Tuesday, May 19, 2009

things we are not allowed to say in the band

I’ve long enjoyed the unpredictable music of They Might Be Giants.  I was surprised but heartened to see the following list featured in their most recent e-mail newsletter, which suggests the band members (or at least their current drummer, Marty Beller) are kindred spirits to buzzword skeptics and nitpickers the world over:

This is the update on “The List According to Marty Beller.”

These are all things we are not allowed to say within the band:

  • too much information
  • off the hook
  • that’s what (s)he said
  • my bad
  • game changer
  • crackberry
  • that’s how we roll
  • I can’t work under these conditions
  • playing the (whatever) card
  • throw under the bus
  • drinking the kool-aid
  • LOL
  • phone tag
  • don’t go there
  • it’s all good
  • it is what it is
  • talk to the hand
  • think outside the box
  • off the reservation
  • oh no you didn’t
  • I threw up a little in my mouth
  • one hundred and ten percent
  • IMHO
  • no worries*
  • jumped the shark
  • voted off the island
  • (anything) on acid
  • (anything) from hell
  • (anything) on steroids
  • literally (unless it’s actually used properly)

Of course the list itself is now on the list.

*No worries enjoys a unique “workplace dispensation” where it can be used with a co-worker to help decompress a work situation.

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