19 February 2009

Humor Spot: A Waterfowl Problem

Vendor Problem

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

a vendor

- one who vends, or sells; seller


- postponed until a later time; deferred


- not in a straight line


- water bird, especially a swimming bird

an issue

- a problem

‘to have one’s ducks in a row’

- for an explanation of this expression, see the post from 07 October 2008

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