Okay, so you know how in corporate culture this happens, with the "signage" and the "step up," and you hear yourself saying it when you hate yourself for saying it, but it's like a brain worm of Khan and you can't stop? Back in, I would say, 2002, this word started creeping around my office, and I am pretty sure my favorite Project Manager of all time, the lovely Dr. M, was the one to blame. "Bolus." Yeugh. "We'll be sending that information to the client in a biweekly bolus." "They can handle the data processing, I say we just do a monthly bolus and get it off the associates' desks." This is a word that does to me what "moist" does to most people. And of course it caught on, because (A) it feels dirty to say, (B) it's vaguely medical-sounding, (C) it actually describes what you're talking about, and (D) business is boring and shit like that keeps you sane. The other one was "armamentarium," but I cop to starting that one after the Executive Director for the entire branch used it unironically in a closed-door meeting with me. He was a full-on tool and I found his demonstrably inefficient and admittedly inexperienced approach to site ops violently offensive, so it became a rallying cry for the subversive under-30 element. "Stick that in your armamentarium," "Put 'suck my performance review' in your armamentarium," "Shove your bolus up your armamentarium," and the like, in lieu of actually starting a Fight Club, because we were all too vain for the threat of damage to the face. And to completely change topics: Some time later, I was fired.
Roxanne goes to the lying place: "I did exactly what I was asked to do," she almost-lies. "She said, 'This project is all about me,'" she basically lies. "If I said we should focus on XYZ, she would walk off..." which we exactly see, but Ivanka nods. There is now a screaming match that is boring, lots of screaming about how Tammy didn't get support. She yips at T3: Rise Of The Machines that does he want somebody who "adds fuel to the party" or who can "put out the fire," and Roxanne is like, firefighter imagery aside, she's a choker, she chokes. My Trumps, My Trumps: "Does Allie choke?" Roxanne steps back from that one and says that "we all do." Tr-Tr-Troxie is like, "Not everybody, lady." Tammy whines that "they always put everybody down," which matters not a whit, and Ivanka catches Allie eye-rollin' again and calls her on it. Oh snap! "Allie, if you have something to add...?" God, I love Ivanka. Allie again bitches that she wasn't rolling the eyes, and Bill jumps at the opportunity to speak, yelping out that she rolled the eyes before, and he hated it! Just like Ivanka! Allie fakely apologies to Bill and Tammy.