American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A word or phrase connected with a specialized field or group that usually sounds important or technical and is used primarily to impress laypersons: "'Sensitivity' is the buzzword in the beauty industry this fall” ( ADWEEK).
- n. A stylish or trendy word or phrase.
- n. pejorative A word drawn from or imitative of technical jargon, and often rendered meaningless and fashionable through abuse by non-technical persons in a seeming show of familiarity with the subject.
- n. stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
- U.S. 1970s from buzz + word (Wiktionary)
“The urban dictionary defines the term buzzword as such:”
“Integration, inclusion, mainstreaming – or whatever the current buzzword is – tends to focus on the individual with the disability.”
“The problem with coming up with a new buzzword is that, instead of providing insight and beauty into a complex subject, it will be captured by hacks and beaten to death with the Cliche Stick.”
“Competitive balance, which the owners have used as a buzzword from the beginning, comes in second.”
“I've always used the word buzzword in much more restrictive way than the Guardian article.”
“The buzzword is "soft," and both men, ironically so solid off the court, have had to deal with the label.”
“Fair enough the police failed in their service delivery (or whatever the latest buzzword is for it) but let’s not blame them for something ENTIRELY out of their control, eh?”
“I stumbled across Carr’s blog post talking about how dumb the latest web2. 0 buzzword is – the “Social Graph”.”
“It sounds a little forward-looking, but I wouldn’t be surprised if advertisers started paying consumers to display rotating ads on their home appliances (e.g. the fridge) once said appliances are all able to get online (I believe the buzzword is ‘the digital home’).”
“It's altogether too easy to say that an acronym or buzzword will fade away.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘buzzword’.
to have a look how word is used
and the plural
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An extensive list I have been working on for quite some time. Feel free to add more of the kind if you miss any.
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Words I like!
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Fuzzy! Fizzy! And lots of pizzazz!
Looking for tweets for buzzword.