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Dumb Buzzwords Must Die

by cyndymcc / June 3, 2008 2:08 AM PDT

Are there others out there who are annoyed by the growing use of the term "future-proof" in tech collateral and magazine articles?

It doesn't even make sense, IMO. If something is fire-proof, it's impervious to fire. Waterproof = protected from water. I don't see how protecting me from the future is a positive thing. Yes, I know what marketers mean when they use the word in their copy...but that doesn't make it less dumb.

I thought we were finished with this buzzword / buzzphrase silliness.



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It's part of the human condition
by 4Denise / June 3, 2008 3:16 AM PDT

This tendency of ours will never die. Sorry.


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(NT) What is the human condition you're referencing?
by cyndymcc / June 3, 2008 6:15 AM PDT
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My First Computer Was Future Proof
by Renegade Knight / June 3, 2008 4:38 AM PDT

When the time came to upgrade to the "future" the upgrade cost more than the newer computers made by others. That's becasue it turns out what future proofed my computer in the once since. Literally made it future proof in the actual meaning of the words sense.


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I'm not sure what's changed...
by PressAnyKey / June 3, 2008 8:29 AM PDT

to make buzzwords like "futureproof" obsolete. In fact I expect that this tendency will continue to grow.

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Why would you even want that?
by Aeirlys / June 3, 2008 11:08 AM PDT

Saying that something's future-proof implies that, at least in terms of whatever is being marketed, we have reached the end of all possibilities. The connotation is disturbing.

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(NT) Precisely! Thanks for the validation
by cyndymcc / June 3, 2008 12:14 PM PDT
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If it quacks like a duck . . .
by Vegaman_Dan / June 4, 2008 3:30 AM PDT

"In our customer-centric world we must focus on our core competencies in a proactive manner with an action plan to repurpose our synergistic resources effectively in a timely manner to which we can maximize the skills transfer and integrate our misson-critical infrastructure in such a means as to minimize the impact to our empowerment process needs."

In other words, you're fired.

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Hysterical book "Why Businesspeople Speak Like Idiots"
by cyndymcc / August 3, 2008 12:49 PM PDT

by Brian Fugere, Chelsea Hardaway and Jon Warshawsky

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Future proof?
by punterjoe / August 4, 2008 10:47 AM PDT

I prefer the term "progress resistant" Wink

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Or learning curve ;)
by Nicholas Buenk / August 4, 2008 6:28 PM PDT
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I prefer the term "progress resistant user". Wink

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(NT) "Feature-proof" is more like it
by cyndymcc / August 9, 2008 1:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Future proof?
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