Friday roundup: roadmap, bottom out, architect

This week's Friday roundup is all about office jargon, inspired by an excellent BBC News Magazine article on '50 office-speak phrases you love to hate' (thanks for spotting this one, Sarah).

In addition to the 50 in the list, our web editor at work has reported overhearing the following recently:

  • "We're roadmapping it"
  • "I'll bottom that out with the guys"

I'm not even sure what the second of those means. Perhaps something akin to 'I'll get to the bottom of it' – or perhaps it's related to the bottom line?

Not this type of roadmap

And a new one on me, although it's listed in the Concise OED, is the use of 'architect' as a verb. In a meeting today I heard:

  • "It's important to architect your systems from the bottom up"

According to the OED, 'architect' in this context means (perhaps obviously): "design and make (a program or system)."

Incidentally, in that same meeting I also heard 'granularity' (number 41 on the Beeb's list)...


Jacqueline said...

Architect (as a verb) and granular are high tech jargon words. I saw them all the time when I worked as a content writer and editor in the high tech industry.

I tried to use jargon as sparingly as possible but granular, believe it or not, is a concise word that explains a lot in high tech speak. I know it's yucky, but when you gotta you gotta.

TootsNYC said...

"We're all singing from the same songbook."

(am I the only one who noticed that #3 actually has 2?)