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buzzword

[buhz-wurd] /ˈbʌzˌwɜrd/
noun
1.
a word or phrase, often sounding authoritative or technical, that is a vogue term in a particular profession, field of study, popular culture, etc.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; buzz1 + word
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Examples for buzzword
  • But cloud services vary between companies so much that the buzzword can get awfully confusing.
  • It's the buzzword, to be sure, in book publishing and other media in this era of conglomeration and consolidation.
  • Translational medicine is indeed a big buzzword these days.
  • Ecotourism is a buzzword that has recently been gaining momentum both nationally and internationally.
  • The buzzword of the day is disintermediation, a way of saying that anyone between the seller and the buyer is in big trouble.
Word Origin and History for buzzword
buzzword
1946, from buzz + word. Noted as student slang for the key words in a lecture or reading.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for buzzword

buzzword

noun

A modish technical or arcane term used to make one appear sophisticated: The rhetoric has sputtered with buzzwords like ''anticolonialist'' and ''progressive''/ I avoid buzzphrases like ''this point in time''/ Buzzword of the Month Dept

[1946+; coined in the mid-1940s by students at the Harvard Business School and meaning ''a word used to describe the key to any course or situation'' in their specialized and amusingly stilted vocabulary; hence buzz may be a shortening and repronouncing of business]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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