Buzzword

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A buzzword is a term which is ultimately meaningless, but is used to evoke a particular emotional response in the listener, or to falsely convey an impression that the speaker is knowledgable about their subject. Many buzzwords are neologisms. Many are political in nature.

Examples of buzzwords include:

Al Gore

In 1996, Al Gore's liberal use of buzzwords in his speeches became the target of a humorous prank by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who distributed a "buzzword bingo" sheet containing Gore's most-used buzzwords in the form of a bingo card, which MIT students would mark upon Gore's use of each buzzword until 5 in a row were marked.[1]

Gore's current favorite buzzword is "unified national smart grid", which he promotes in conjunction with his catastrophic global warming prophecies.[2]

References and notes

  1. http://hacks.mit.edu/by_year/1996/gore/
  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/28/AR2009012803318_pf.html
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