Wreckursion – What happens when you blow the base case of a recursive function and call yourself forever.
Abstruction – An API that serves only as a layer of obfuscation and obstruction. (COM and SetupAPI, I’m looking at you).
Fuctuation – A power blip that takes out half of your machines, causing the other half to swallow all the net bandwidth while asking “What? What happened? WHAT? What happened…?“. The extra load takes out everything else in an agonizing digital crunch. Darkness. The power comes back, things happily boot, and then all the machines start doing successive dumps on their disks until they run out of space and start to serially crash. Just as you get things sorted out, janitors start their biannual cleaning of the machine room floor with buckets of suds and wet mops, and everything goes dark again. Fans run to a stop as uninterruptable power supplies beep in vain, trying to push current through soaked power outlets. You remember you got into this business because hacking in BASIC was pretty cool. What happened? One thing led to another, I guess. See also: Fupdate.
Simpathy – Indistinguishable from real sympathy, guaranteed or your money back.
Splinterview – Cow-orker A thinks the candidate walks on water, while cow-orker B doesn’t think the candidate is capable of breathing. The recruiter misunderstands your feedback and starts selling the candidate’s ability to breathe underwater. A well-timed earthquake saves the day.
Coopitition – The art of shipping a product while stabbing each other in the back, while HR and the review committees sit on the sidelines and smile.