DEFINITION of 'Buzzword Bingo'

A form of bingo played by audiences where the bingo card is made up of business buzzwords instead of numbers. The players check off the buzzwords uttered by the speaker and quietly say "Bingo!" when a full line of buzzwords is filled in on their card.

BREAKING DOWN 'Buzzword Bingo'

Buzzword bingo is typically played among audience members who are convinced that the speaker has little or no knowledge of the subject that he or she is speaking about. The speaker therefore employs reams of buzzwords in his or her dialog in an attempt to mask this deficiency. The concept was conceived in the early 1990s and popularized in the "Dilbert" comic strip.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Bingo Card Program

    The bingo card program was a motor vehicle registration method ...
  2. First In, Still Here - FISH

    First In, Still Here is an accounting buzzword that describes ...
  3. Soft Patch

    Soft Patch refers to a period of economic slowdown amid a larger ...
  4. New Economy

    New economy is a buzzword describing new, high-growth industries ...
  5. Hit The Bid

    Hit the bid is a buzzword used to describe an event where a broker ...
  6. Cash Card

    A cash card is any electronic payment card that stores cash for ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    Amazon's Moves on Smart Speakers Spurs Price War

    Amazon has been slashing prices of its Echo smart speakers, prompting its rivals to follow suit.
  2. Insights

    What Is Quantitative Easing?

    This is the latest economic buzzword; find out what it is and how it will affect you.
  3. Investing

    Is Samsung Next to Launch Voice-Activated Speaker?

    Samsung is reportedly gearing up to launch a home speaker powered by its personal assistant, Bixby.
  4. Investing

    Google to Launch New Home Hardware Products

    Included are a miniature version of its Google Home speaker and new Pixel phones.
  5. Investing

    Amazon: Smart Speaker Shipments Jump 843% In Q2

    Amazon dominates the market as device shipments increase 843% in the second quarter.
  6. Insights

    What Is The New Credit Card Chip Good For?

    Under current U.S. credit card requirements, credit card issuers are required to issue chip cards as of October 1, 2015. Instead of swiping your card as you do now, you will slide the card into ...
  7. Tech

    Alibaba Unveils the Tmall Genie X1 Voice-Activated Speaker

    Alibaba's new voice activated speaker will sell for just $73 to the first 1,000 buyers.
  8. Investing

    Amazon Releases Echo Show (Alexa With a Screen)

    Amazon's new smart speakers come with a screen that enables you to make video calls and watch YouTube videos.
  9. Personal Finance

    3 New Types Of Credit Cards To Look For

    These three types of credit cards are becoming popular with customers looking to pay less fees and build up their credit scores.
  10. Personal Finance

    Purchases You Should Always Make With A Credit Card

    Credit cards aren't always bad possessions to have. There are certain perks associated with using credit cards as we make routine or irregular purchases.
RELATED FAQS
  1. What is the difference between a prepaid credit card and a gift card?

    Although prepaid and gift cards are used in the same manner, a prepaid credit card can be used repeatedly, while a gift card ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Leverage

    Leverage results from using borrowed capital as a source of funding when investing to expand the firm's asset base and generate ...
  2. Financial Risk

    Financial risk is the possibility that shareholders will lose money when investing in a company if its cash flow fails to ...
  3. Enterprise Value (EV)

    Enterprise Value (EV) is a measure of a company's total value, often used as a more comprehensive alternative to equity market ...
  4. Relative Strength Index - RSI

    Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) is a technical momentum indicator that compares the magnitude of recent gains to recent ...
  5. Dividend

    A dividend is a distribution of a portion of a company's earnings, decided by the board of directors, to a class of its shareholders.
  6. Inventory Turnover

    Inventory turnover is a ratio showing how many times a company has sold and replaces inventory over a period.
Trading Center