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Ten Hilarious Tech Jargon that Will Make You Do a Double Take

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  • March 21, 2019
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ST. GEORGE, Utah, February 22, 2019 -- Imagine that you are at a fancy party, dressed to the nines. It is a beautiful night, classical music is playing and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.You take a sip of sparkling cider out of a champagne flute, but then you nearly spit it out when you hear...

“Widows and orphans are so frustrating. I tried to get rid of them, but no matter what I did, they wouldn’t go away! Oh and don’t even remind me about the bleeds!”

“I know what you mean! Even after using padding, I just couldn’t get everything to line up right!"

“Did you hear? The office got a worm!”

Before you start questioning your fellow party-goers’ sanity and your own, take a look at this list of funny Design, Computer Science, Information Technology and Engineering jargon that tends to float around. That way you won’t need to worry about cleaning spit-laden, sparkling cider off of your dress or suit at future parties.

List of funny jargon

  • GUI (Pronounced “Gooey”) -- GUI stands for “Graphical User Interface.” Instead of using command lines or code, GUI provides graphics or icons to help a user accomplish a task on a digital device 1.
  • Orphan -- A graphic design term used to indicate that a word is standing by itself on its own line instead of with its preceding paragraph or sentence. In typography, it is bad to leave a word out on its own like that… in the cold… in the rain… all by its lonesome (Just kidding). However, in all seriousness, in books, magazines, and other graphic design situations, it is bad form to leave a word out by itself like that.
  • Widow -- This is another graphic design term used to indicate a typographical problem. A widow is a sentence or part of a sentence that leaks into another column by itself when it belonging to its paragraph found in the previous column. It interrupts the flow of reading and can look tacky. It also is a great way to upset a graphic designer.
  • Bleed -- In graphic design, “Bleeds” refers to the edges that lay outside of where a printed work would be cut. Designers use bleeds to make sure that colors go to the very edge of a work -- so you don’t get an ugly, white trim when you pick up your designed items at a printing shop. The phrase “Bleeds over” is also thrown around to indicate a visual item spilling into another section of a document or piece.
  • Master/Slave -- This is an information technology term used to indicate a lead computer telling other connected computers what to do. The “Master” and the “Slave” are dependent on each other 4.
  • Padding -- this is a term used in front-end coding (e.g., web design) where extra space (termed “white space”) is used to help push items towards a desired area. On websites, padding can make everything look aligned, centered and polished.
  • Worm -- Just like when you hear a doctor use the term “worm” when diagnosing a problem you have, “worm” in information technology usually indicates a bad thing. As a cousin of the computer virus, “a software worm crawls across systems, either seeking specific data or exploiting vulnerabilities which can in turn be used to exploit other systems” 1. Yikes.
  • Step-up/Step Down Transformer -- No, we are not referring to quality reviews of car-transforming robots. Step-up Transformers raises the amount of voltage, while Step-Down Transformers lower the amount of voltage when dealing with electricity 2,5.
  • Magnetic Flux -- This engineering term means “a measurement of the total magnetic field which passes through a given area.” … There you go 3,4.
  • Dword -- A term that can be found on elementary school grounds and with Computer professionals. Dword, in the computer sense, actually stands for “Double Word.” The term “Word,” in computers, means 16 bits (a unit of measurement) of data. So if you add 16 bits and another 16 bits together, you get 32 bits -- or, in other words, a “Double word” 1.

Now that you have regained your composer at this fancy party, you can now join in on these elegant discourses filled with jargon. Or feel free to use these vocabulary words to turn some heads and get weird looks. Hey it’s technical jargon right? That means you will look extra smart. You’re welcome.

Works Cited

  1. Goggi, C. (2018, May 20). 57 technical terms that all true geeks should know. In Tech Talk: By GFI Software. Retrieved February 20, 2019, from
  2. Lewis, K. (2017, April 24). What Is a step up transformer?. In Sciencing. Retrieved February 21, 2019, from
  3. What is magnetic flux?. (n.d.). In Khan Academy. Retrieved February 21, 2019, from
  4. J. Sneddon, personal communication, February 20, 2019; M. Sneddon, personal communication, February 20, 2019
  5. M. Sneddon, personal communication, February 20, 2019

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