In the UK and the Commonwealth, a strongly
derogatory and deliberately vulgar term for a buzzword
, signifying that it is worthless
and meaningless jargon. Wank words
may be short phrases as well as single words
. The word is most often used of corporate, official, or academic language.
Also, wank-word bingo: See example. Also known as buzzword bingo
or bullshit bingo
in various places throughout
the English-speaking world.
Before the meeting, Rose slipped everyone
of paper. Each piece was ruled into a 5x5 grid of squares. Each square was filled
in with a typical corporate wank word
, and each sheet
had a different combination of wank
Rose told everybody that they could make the meeting more interesting by playing wank
bingo. She advised everyone
to mark off any wank word
uttered, and that the first person to mark off five in a line, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, would be the winner.
began his presentation, and quickly came to speak of mission, vision, rightsizing, human capital, synergies, ecosystems, stakeholders, taking ownership, performance challenges, and negative outcomes. When he spoke the word
"solutions", Nigel jumped up and yelled "BINGO!" Hasty
and not entirely plausible
explanations had to be made immediately after.
(Note: All of the above names and characters are fictional. The characters bear only coincidental resemblance
to any specific individuals.)