In a software design meeting, we were using typical technical jargon to discuss a data exchange interface with a vendor. One co-worker said the programming we had ordered was delayed because the vendor was suffering from a "severe nonlinear waterfowl issue."
Curious, the team leader raised his eyebrows and asked, "What exactly is that?"
The programmer replied, "They don't have all their ducks in a row."
software (noncount noun)
|-||the programs, routines, etc. for a computer or computer system |
|-||the specialized vocabulary and idioms of those in the same work, profession, etc., as of sportswriters or social workers: a somewhat derogatory term, often implying unintelligibility |
data exchange interface (DXI)
|-||interface entre un DTE et un DCE, soulageant de la création des cellules un routeur |
|-||one who vends, or sells; seller |
|-||postponed until a later time; deferred |
|-||not in a straight line |
|-||water bird, especially a swimming bird |
‘to have one’s ducks in a row’
|-||for an explanation of this expression, see the post from 07 October 2008|