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Explanations for words & phrases in Dilbert

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Someone who thinks they’re the best.

Walk it back

Take back something you said, but not saying you were wrong (even though you were).


Someone who says one thing, but does something different.


Arguing to protect yourself when no one is attacking you.

Losing it

Going crazy.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Help you achieve your goals

Some management books recommend helping co-workers to achieve their goals and be more successful. If the help is sincere, it’s good, but most often the offer of help isn’t sincere and so it feels strange.


Acting in a strange and frightening way.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

No special vocabulary for Tuesday

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Solid plan

A good idea (but in this case, Catbert just wants the worker to go away).

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Someone who often complains, usually in an annoying tone of voice.

Friday, September 22, 2017


People who report wrong-doing are called “whistle blowers” because they’re similar to a sports referee who blows his whistle when a player commits a foul. Whistleblowers who report illegal activity at government related work are protected from being fired. Workers at regular companies have little protection.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Lover, not a fighter

Someone who’s good at being romantic and really bad at fighting.