Microspeak: Teaming

At training sessions, you don't participate in team-building exercises. No, that's old-fashioned terminology, the sort of thing those old stodgy Web 1.0 dinosaurs would say. The new word is teaming.

Note: This Microspeak entry was submitted by a colleague from the UK, so it may be peculiar to the UK dialect of Microspeak.

Pre-emptive clever comment: Verbing weirds language.

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Comments (12)
  1. Adam says:

    It’s not so much the verbing but the renounification that weirds language.

  2. bahbar says:

    And Hobbes cues in:

    Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding.

    Calvin and Hobbes to the rescue!

  3. peetm says:

    It’s using ‘architect’ as a verb that always makes me cringe [whether or not there’s a verb entry for it in the OED]

  4. DWalker says:

    I read a Microsoft blog recently that talked about something or other, using a word that was verbed very weirdly.  I don’t remember what it was, but these entries are interesting to some of us.

  5. ::Wendy:: says:

    generally its teeming with rain here in the UK,  are you sure your colleague heard the right spelling?  

  6. Christopher says:

    Isn’t "teaming" also the name for collaborative workspaces outside of offices?

  7. Steve D says:


    Perhaps it that the clouds are teaming to produce the teeming??

  8. John says:

    Maybe it’s a (corporate) cultural divide, by I just don’t find these "Microspeak" entries very interesting.  I have nothing further to add to the discussion other than *YAWN*.

  9. Will Hughes says:

    Not sure where it originated, but I remember hearing ‘teaming’ at my old job (Australia) 1-2 years ago.

  10. HardwareJunkie says:

    re: architect as a verb.

    Too right; makes me crazy. "Architecting" is even worse. Also, the title Architect has a legal definition and designing software doesn’t fit it.

  11. Austin Donnelly says:

    I thought that "teaming" was what you did to horses when attaching them to your plough.  Or teaming your network cards.

  12. Poochner says:

    I thought that was ganging network cards.

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