What's your favorite banking phrase or lingo?

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Today I saw an analyst try to talk to an MD about working capital adjustments, and the MD went "Don't teach your father how to fuck, kid", which is something he usually says when we're showing him stuff he already knows. It always has us cracking up. That got me thinking about other phrases we throw around casually. Some of them are eye-rollingly awful, like "don't boil the ocean" but there are a couple winners out there. What are your favorites?

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Aug 21, 2018
  • "Talking slick to a barrel of oil" - don't bullshit me
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Aug 22, 2018

Eeeeebi, D, A

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Aug 22, 2018

Damn autocorrect
Eeeeeebit,D,A

Aug 22, 2018

There is ONE GUY on my team who always says it that way. Drives me crazy. Everyone else, it's one word - Ee-bit-dah. But for him...exactly like you said, Ee-bit-Dee-Eh.

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Aug 28, 2018

just had a meeting where the guy said this. Didn't hear the next 20 words he said because i was too busy thinking WTF! to myself

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Aug 22, 2018

Massage these numbers pls

Don't cut the lawn with scissors

Milk the cow on this one

Don't stay up all night but have it to me by tomorrow morning

Dangle the cape in front of the bull

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Aug 22, 2018

"Don't cut the lawn with scissors" - Never heard that. May steal it, haha.

"Don't stay up all night but have it to me by tomorrow morning" - Kill me. Ugh.

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Aug 22, 2018

pencils down

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Aug 30, 2018

I'm sure it goes without saying that this is everyone's favorite saying?

Aug 31, 2018

This one is music to the ears

Aug 31, 2018

I would pay a significant amount of money to never hear this phrase again.

Aug 22, 2018

"Don't stay too late."

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Sep 5, 2018
Perfunctory:

"Don't stay too late."

As the dude said in Office Space: "No. Shit no man. I believe you'd get your ass kicked saying something like that."

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Aug 23, 2018

"Squeaky wheel gets the grease"

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Aug 24, 2018

Run this up the flag pole and see if anyone salutes

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Aug 25, 2018

"Let me tee it up"

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Aug 28, 2018

Don't burn the midnight oil on this one

Sep 4, 2018

Lovin' your user name! Cheers!

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Aug 28, 2018
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Aug 28, 2018

By far my favorite video, thank you for bringing this back to life

Aug 28, 2018

I live it every day.

Aug 29, 2018

"Yes, I want all my Analysts to Excel. PowerPoint, yes, use that power..." haha classic

Aug 31, 2018

"I don't want you to work weekends, but just have it on my desk by Monday Morning." Classic.

Oct 11, 2018

"I am the only one allowed to look like a douche around here"

Oct 11, 2018
Aug 28, 2018

"I wanted to give you some color"

Aug 28, 2018

"Now we're fuckin with a hard dick". Aka (now we're gettin somewhere) or (now we're cooking with gas). Heard that one from an industry vet one time

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Sep 6, 2018

Best one I've heard haha

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Aug 28, 2018

"There's a thousand ways to skin a cat". way too morbid in my opinion but my associate uses it all the time.

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Aug 28, 2018

Let's not boil the ocean
We have a lot of wood to chop

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Aug 28, 2018

"My nips are clamped the fuck up right now"

--My VP whenever he's busy.

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn
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Aug 28, 2018

"He's a little uneasy in this process, we just need to get him a little bit pregnant"

Describing a relatively green management team during an sale process

Aug 28, 2018

"This isn't just the flavor of the month" -- Basically hear that whenever partners are looking to change our process flow.

Aug 28, 2018

Tallest midget contest

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Aug 29, 2018

Haven't given so many SB's in a single thread before. These are hilarious.

Aug 30, 2018

"Hockey stick projections"

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Aug 30, 2018

Funding Secured

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Aug 30, 2018

let's not get over our skis

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Aug 31, 2018

"Can you get on this and try to give the team a 10,000 foot view"

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Aug 31, 2018

"We still have a lot of wood to chop"
"Lets dig the puck out of the corner"

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Aug 31, 2018

"that one's a slow burn" -has become real popular with our MDs/Directors during status updates with the group head

Aug 31, 2018

"Listen..."

Aug 31, 2018

Watch me sink this putt.

Aug 31, 2018

I heard an intern once say he was M'n'A'in on the Buyside.

Forever he will be able to keep IB Intern as a resume line as he certainly never got past that.

Sep 1, 2018

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Sep 1, 2018

Leverage as a verb. Our CIO uses it over the most pedestrian situations and it cracks me up. A few weeks back he remarked we should leverage the conference room rather than speak in my office. Gave me a chuckle.

Or when someone uses "working diligently" as a euphemism to throw someone under the bus during meetings. "I know Jim has been working diligently" followed by a condescending glance in their direction is usually code for, "Jim should have had this shit done last week and I have no idea what's taking him so long so blame him for the lack of timeliness"

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Sep 1, 2018

My MD will often say he "has no energy around something" (meaning he's not interested in focusing on the topic and therefore others should determine how it should be done) and then he proceeds to outline how it should be done and how we should do it.

This next one is a classic: If you're not in on Saturday, don't even think about coming in on Sunday.

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Sep 1, 2018

"Fill the room with smoke"

My MD whenever we pitch lol

Sep 2, 2018

"Wackier than a three dollar bill." - something doesn't make sense

"See if any snakes come out of the woodpile." - see if anything questionable comes up during diligence

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Sep 2, 2018

Any hamfisted sports metaphors like "Monday morning quarterbacking" or "blocking and tackling."

And also, "square peg in a round hole." Hate that one!

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Sep 3, 2018

When I was a trader, the older guys had a ridiculous habit of speaking like traders all the time.

For instance,

Me: "Anyone feel like another round?"
Other Trader: "I'm long that idea."
Other Trader: "I'm feeling very bullish all of a sudden."

(Two women walk past who are barely fuckable for a 20-something, but allegedly attrective for a 40-something)

Trader 1: "Mine"
Trader 2: "Mine"
Me: "Yours and yours again."

(Older woman walks past)

Trader 1: "I think it might be time to raise my bid on silver."
Trader 2: "You mean spot silver?"
Me: "I was thinking about the futures market, but later doing an 'exchange for physical'."

You get the idea. One of the guys used to describe his interests in things as 'quarter long' or 'half long'. It took me a few months to realize he was talking about how long the idea made his penis since he only got 'full long' once after netting more than 5M GBP in prop trading that day for the bank, and he let everyone know it 'gave him the horn'.

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Sep 4, 2018

Just compiling the above so that I can come back later for a quick laugh.

"Wackier than a three dollar bill." - something doesn't make sense

"See if any snakes come out of the woodpile." - see if anything questionable comes up during diligence

"Fill the room with smoke" My MD whenever we pitch

Watch me sink this putt.

"that one's a slow burn"

"We still have a lot of wood to chop"

"Let's not boil the ocean"

"Lets dig the puck out of the corner"

"There's a thousand ways to skin a cat"

"Can you get on this and try to give the team a 10,000 foot view"

let's not get over our skis

"Hockey stick projections"

"Now we're fuckin with a hard dick". Aka (now we're gettin somewhere) or (now we're cooking with gas)

"This isn't just the flavor of the month" -- Basically hear that whenever partners are looking to change our process flow.

"He's a little uneasy in this process, we just need to get him a little bit pregnant" Describing a relatively green management team during an sale process

"My nips are clamped the fuck up right now" --My VP whenever he's busy

"Squeaky wheel gets the grease"

"Massage these numbers pls"

"Don't cut the lawn with scissors"

"Milk the cow on this one"

"Don't stay up all night but have it to me by tomorrow morning"

"Dangle the cape in front of the bull"

Sep 5, 2018
lapike:

Today I saw an analyst try to talk to an MD about working capital adjustments, and the MD went "Don't teach your father how to fuck, kid", which is something he usually says when we're showing him stuff he already knows. It always has us cracking up. That got me thinking about other phrases we throw around casually. Some of them are eye-rollingly awful, like "don't boil the ocean" but there are a couple winners out there. What are your favorites?

Go HAM on this one.

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Sep 5, 2018

Great page! Let's move it to appendix!

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Sep 6, 2018

"You're the one f*cking the cat. I'm just holding the tail"

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Sep 6, 2018

"We don't wanna leave any meat on the bones"
"Crack this baby open and dig in"
"In the weeds"
"Come fill me in once you come up for air"
"Thx"

Sep 6, 2018

"If my aunt had balls she'd be my uncle."

Kinda like, "should-coulda-woulda" meets "it is what it is"

Can only pull that one out on a rare occasion, but man, when it fits, it fits!

Also, when I was on the trading floor we often used the lingo out of context. Ex: Somebody doesn't finish their sandwich and wants to offer it up - we all get an IB (instant Bloomberg msg) "Turkey Sandwich BWIC (bids wanted in competition) in the kitchen" First one to respond "Done/bid/etc" gets it. Some others:

"Fill or kill" = sht or get off the pot
"Traded away" = didn't get it
"STD" = split the difference
"Does that blow wind up your skirt?" = ya dig?
"Don't bring sand to the beach"

Im sure I'm missing others...

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Sep 6, 2018

I'm not one for boiling the frog.

Sep 8, 2018

"This is Wall Street, not Sesame Street"

Sep 25, 2018

"someone grab my oven mitts, we got a bake-off boys"

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