A compendium of engineer-speak, engineering code phrases, and other assorted technobabble designed to obfuscate and/or baffle the non-engineer.
- A number of different approaches are being tried.
We have no clue and are trying things at random.
- Preliminary operational tests were inconclusive.
It failed the smoke test.
- Test results were extremely gratifying.
It didn't blow up, and we were very surprised.
- The entire concept will have to be abandoned.
The only person who understood the thing quit.
- Teamwork is essential.
Let's spread the blame as widely as possible.
- I'd like your input on this.
I'm looking for someone to take the fall for this project, and you look like a sucker.
- The project has gone into alpha testing.
It doesn't work, and it only blows up occasionally.
- The project has gone into beta testing.
It still doesn't work, but it no longer blow up (well, at least under "normal" conditions).
- This is a new generation design.
The old design didn't work, maybe this one will.
- This product has been thoroughly field tested.
We didn't have the proper test equeipment, so we shipped it and hoped the customers wouldn't blow it up.
- Developed after years of intensive research.
It was discovered by accident.
- The design will be finalized in the next reporting period.
We haven't started this job yet, but we've got to say something.
- Hardware is done.
It's software's fault.
- Software is done.
It's hardware's fault.
- System is ready for delivery.
We give up.