All visual elements in charts and graphs that are not necessary to comprehend the information represented on the graph, or that distract the viewer from this information.
Coined by Edward Tufte, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University;
Member, Recovery Independent Advisory Panel for President Barack Obama
(1) USA Today had a graph with so much chartjunk all over it I couldn't even tell what the point was.
(2) His PowerPoint had so much clipart ! All that chartchunk hid so much of the real info that I was able to fall asleep for the whole talk.
A wuwuzela: The constant, highly irritating background noise created by crowds of people, usually women (AKA "woo-girls") and usually as audience members at TV shows like "Oprah", "Dancing with the Stars", "American Idol" and "The Biggest Loser", as they scream "WOOOOO!" enmasse.
Can be written "wuwuzela".
WOOOOOOOO! We're woowoozelas!
The constant, highly irritating background noise created by crowds of people, usually women (AKA "woo-girls") and usually as audience members at TV shows like "Oprah", "Dancing with the Stars", "American Idol" and "The Biggest Loser", as they scream "WOOOOO!" enmasse.
Can be written "woowoozela".
WOOOOOOOO! We're wuwuzelas!
A wimpy individual, a wuss, sissy, or timid scaredy-cat. Someone who cannot make a move until everything is known beforehand.
Originating from the people on "Wheel of Fortune" who either buy a vowel when it is already obvious what the solution is (thus wasting money), or who buy a vowel too early, well before they'd have a chance of solving the puzzle, and thus essentially buy a free vowel for whoever spins next.
The clue was "A game show", he had
"WH _ _ L _F F _ RTUN _"
on the board, and he bought the three E's before guessing! What a vowel buyer!"
To the car in front of you: "C'mon, you vowel buyer! Pull out into traffic and get going! You'll never have a bigger gap!"
The people who creep forward 6" at a red light because the guy in front of and/or beside them just did it. The first person to start this is known as the "creep creep".
Look at all the creep sheep, squeezing out that precious 6" in the line. The light is still red! Where is there to go?
The one driver in line at a red light who feels the need to creep forward 6", causing everyone behind him- and many in the lane beside- to also creep forward 6". They are known then as "creep sheep".
I hate these creep creeps at every stop light. How much gasoline do they waste?
The tendency of contemporary singers to drag out the last word and/or note in a line by singing vowels, mostly a's and e's, over and over. The effect is enhanced by also going up and down the musical scale in an almost random, even chaotic, fashion. This can also be highlighted with the singer's hand whipping up and down following the notes sung.
The two finalists on "American Idol" have severe cases of vowelarrhea.