–  Industry Terminology  –

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]T[/su_dropcap]here are clearly a huge number of different industries, and so, there is a vast array of different Industry Terms to go along with each one.  Therefore, this list will probably get huge, and need to be separated into individual industries, but for now, each industry (if necessary) will be noted in parentheses before the term.  If you do not see the term you are looking form, please leave a comment or send a message and I will be happy to add it… and don’t forget to check back frequently as this list is bound to grow immensely.



[info]Please note! – This list is alphabetized by either the noun or the verb that acts as the subject of the phrase rather than the preposition or the first word of the phrase.  Therefore, you will find the phrase by searching for the subject of the phrase (the noun of the verb).  This is because many phrases in the English language can have additional verbs or prepositions added to them.  If the interjection you are looking for is not here, please let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to add it.[/info]


  • Dead Air – [Radio/Meetings/Presentations] – This is a term which originally came about in the word of radio, but can be used in many metaphorical or figurative ways.  It was originally used to describe when (for whatever reason) there was nothing being broadcast when there should be.  For example when there is no music playing or when the radio host “freezes” (becomes nervous or confused, and seems to not be able to speak.)


  • Big Brands – [Retail/General Commerce] – This is an industry slang term which is simply referring to brands (marks, labels, etc.) that are either very popular, very successful, and/or from a very “big” company (or any combination of those three.)…  Examples of Big Brands would be Coca-Cola, Nike, MacDonald’s, Apple, and… GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! 😉

  • Blue-Collar – See Letter C Below.

  • (the) Bottom-line – See Letter L Below.

  • (to) Break Even – [All Industries] –  This is a term which means to make back the money that was invested in order to cover the cost of doing business.  Any money made after this is profit…  In other words.  If the cost of doing business is $100, then the moment that a person takes in $100 for products or services, then the person or business has broken even.

  • Business-Casual – See Letter C Below.

  • Deal-Breaker – See Letter D Below.


  • Blue-Collar – [Labor/Industrial/Skilled-Trades] – This is an industry slang term which is used to describe the types of jobs which are Industrial, Factory, Skilled Labor, and any job which a person does NOT in an office.  The term comes from the fact that many of the people who do these kinds of jobs (at least traditionally) actually wore blue shorts.  Thus the name.  –  (Compare with “White Collar“)

  • Business-Casual – [Various] – This is a term which is used in reference to the type of clothing which is considered to be generally acceptable to wear in a business when it is not necessary to wear a suit and tie for a man or business skirt and jacket for a woman.  Of course, what is actually considered acceptable changes between company to company and industry and field.  However, this is usually the type of clothing one would find in a catalog for JC-Penny’s, Sears, C&S, and any other business for people who don’t care much for style but only want to be considered acceptable to basic societal views.

  • (to) Climb The Corporate Ladder – [Any Corporation] – This is a verb phrase which is used to talk about taking the steps higher and higher in a company through promotion and through find better and better job, positions, salaries, etc.

  • Cold-Calling – [Sales/Marketing] – This s a term to describe when someone calls a person who he or she has never spoken to before in order to make a sale or market some product, service, etc..  The reason the adjective “cold” is used is because we often use the words “warm” and “cold” to refer to the feelings of rapport (or not) between people.  If you have met someone before, you are said to be “warming up” to them (or them to you.)  So if you have never spoken to someone before, and you “call” them to do business, you have to start from a “cold” position.  And quite-often the feelings that people have about those who call them to make a sale can be said to be quite “cold”…  i.e. “They don’t like them”.

  • Intellectual Capital – [Any…  usually corporations]– This Industry and business term is an Idiomatic Phrasal-Noun which refers to the worth of a company which goes beyond the actual assets of the company.  If the company only has assets worth $1 million, but is worth $5 million (due to various other reasons beyond it’s assets) then it’s intellectual capital is $4 million.  Companies like Facebook are made up almost entirely of intellectual capital.

  • White-Collar – [Business/Executive/Office] – This is an industry slang term which is in contradiction to the more common and much older term of “Blue-Collar”.  As the latter term referred to laborers, then “White-Collar” jobs are those where-in a person works in an office, but the term is most often reserved for the executive level.  Interestingly, this term is almost never used to describe the work, but instead is paired with the word “crime” to describe the type of crime which is not violent but is doing something illegal or un-ethical in business and/or politics.  –  (See Also:  “White-Collar Crime”)


  • Dead Air – See Letter A Above.

  • (a) Deal-Breaker – [Various] – This is a term which can be used in nearly any business wherein there is some kind of negotiation or even a simple decision to be made.  The phrasal noun Deal-Breaker refers to ANY thing, or condition which causes one to decide against whatever was previously up for consideration.

  • Factory Defects – [Various] – This is the term for products that are new, but have some sort of defect; usually caused by a mistake in design or production.  These items are often sold to chains of discount-stores for sale to a low-income markets.



  • Factory Defects – See Letter D Above.

  • Factory Seconds – See Letter S Below.

  • (to) Follow Suit – [All Industries] – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which is used to mean:  To do whatever others in a certain situation are doing – to do what is considered “suitable”.  Interestingly enough, this does not mean, to do what is “right” or “proper” or even to do what is logical, but to act in a way as to not cause any confrontation or to spark criticism from those who might judge one for doing something different…

“Well, it didn’t really seem like a good idea to completely lie about the situation at the time, but that is what everyone else was doing, but rather than simply follow suit, I decided to resign from my position.”  (true story)

  • Freelance – [All Industries] – This word originally referred to a knight who did not serve any specific king (his “lance” was “free” from obligation to any one person)  and was therefore was available for hire.  Now the word can be used as an adjective to describe any person who does any kind of work where-in that person is not acting as an employee but as a private contractor for that service – The word can also be used as an adjective to describe the work as well…

He is a freelance ‘awesomeness consultant’.  He provides freelance consulting services for both the creation and expansion of  ‘awesomeness’ in all areas of business and private-life.”

  • (a) Hard-To-Fill (Position) – See Letter H Below.


  • (to) Go Public – [Corporate] – This Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb is an Industry Term which is used to describe when a company becomes a publicly traded corporation where-in the stocks of the company are offered to the “Public” to purchase.

  • (a) (Real) GoGetter – [Any] – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal Noun and Industry Slang Term which is used to describe someone who is very optimistic, energetic, and motivated to achieve, but not in a “greedy” way.  The type of person who does not see problems to get in the way of progress, but instead sees “obstacles” to be overcome.  Quite often the Adjective “real” is used as a common Collocation with this term.

“The guy there is a real go-getter!  We don’t even have to tell him what to do.  He sees opportunities where everyone else only sees problems.”


  • (a) Hard-To-Fill (Position) – [Various] – To describe a position as being hard to fill could mean one of two things (or both). It could mean that it is a position that not many people actually want or are willing to fill – or, that it is very difficult to find someone who is qualified to fill that position.

  • High-End Products/Services – [Various] – This is an adjective slang term which is referring to any product or service which either is or is merely perceived as being of high-quality and almost always has a very high price.

  • (one’s) Higher-Ups – [Various] – This is an idiomatic phrasal-noun which is (poorly) used to refer to the executives of a company or organization, but there is are much better terms to replace this grammatically inferior phrase.  –  [su_button url=”http://www.blog.givemesomeenglish.com/industry-terminology-ones-higher-ups/” target=”blank” style=”flat” color=”#ffffff” radius=”0″ icon=”icon: comment-o”]Read the Full Post Here[/su_button]

  • (a) Household Name – See Letter N Below.


  • Intellectual CapitalSee Letter C Above.



  • (a) Kick-Back – [All Industries] – This is a term for some money or favor that a person or group does as a sort of favor for something else, and is usually done either illegally or immorally…

“Politicians often receive kick-backs from large corporations to insure that laws are passed that protect the corporations at the expense of every one else.”


  • (the) Bottom-Line – [All Industries] – This is a business term which is used literally to mean:  The final total of an account, balance sheet, or other financial document.  It can also be used idiomatically to mean:  the underlying or ultimate outcome or criterion, or “heart of the matter“.

  • Line Of Products – [Various] – A particular kind of product or merchandise – (See Also:  Product Line Below)


  • (to be) Made Redundant –  See: Letter “R” Below

  • Market Share – [Various] – the portion of a market controlled by a particular company or product.

  • Movers And Shakers – [Various] – This is an idiomatic phrasal noun which is used to describe people who are involved in big business and/or have a great amount of influence in whatever field they are in.  They “move things around” (business) and “shake things up” (create change).


  • (a) Household Name – [Various] –  This is a term which is used to describe a company which is (or would like to be) thought of as being a company that is wholesome, “good”, pure, with great values, and usually provides goods for the whole family.

  • (a) Newsflash – [News – TV & Internet] – This is a term which is used to describe a piece of news that is considered to be so important, that it is announced almost immediately and is not left to the next news program.  Often a “Newsflash” will interrupt a TV program or will be announced at the earliest commercial break.


  • Pre-Owned – [Automotive/Jewelry] – This is a term which came about first in the auto-industry to describe cars the were “Previously Owned” (another term used, but not as often) vehicles which were still in very good or almost-new condition.  The reason for using this term is that the term “Used” car had been associated with something which may or may not be in very good condition, and people who are overly concerned with what others may think of them, are very sensitive to mental manipulation of this sort.  So saying “Pre-Owned” or “Previously-Owned” (which is the same thing as “Used”) is not registered in their mushy brains as a “bad” thing.  This term then started to be used for “high-end” jewelry and watches.


  • (to) Go Public –  See Letter G Above.

  • Pre-Owned – See Letter O Above.

  • (a) Price-Freeze – [Politics/Finance] – This is an idiomatic phrasal noun which is used to describe a stop in the fluctuation of prices – usually of things like oil, gas, and other things which people have come to be dependent on, and is done in times of economic turmoil.  This is usually done as a measure to keep people from starting a revolution because they are sick of the politicians and oil-barons keeping all the good things for themselves, even though they are supposed to be working FOR the people and not the other way around…

“A price freeze is NOT what we need!!!  That only keeps us subservient to the assholes who put us in this horrible position in the first place!  What we need is, to break free from their control and live our lives for our own advancement, not theirs!!!”

  • Pricing Strategy – See Letter S Below.

  • (a) Probationary Period – [Various] – This is a phrasal noun which refers to the period of time, in a workplace setting, where-in a new employee is given a probationary status within the company or business. This is done for the company’s benefit so that if, with-in this period of time, the employee does not show the necessary qualifications or it is clear that the employee is not suited to the company or the position, the company can then terminate the employee without any adverse repercussions.

  • Product Line – [Various] – A particular kind of product or merchandise – (See Also:  Line Of Products Above)



  • (a) Real Go-Getter” – See: Letter “G” Above

  • (to be) Made Redundant – [All Corporations & Large Organizations/Firms/Etc….  not usually used in small business] – This is an industry term with is used to express the situation with the same result as being “fired”.  However, the difference it that – “to be fired” is usually used for when the one being fired did something wrong.  To be “Made Redundant” is the term used for when it is determined that the person’s job and work is no-longer of any value to the company or the company can not pay for that person any-longer.  And therefore they are literally “Redundant” in the eyes of the company.


  • Factory Seconds – [Various] – This is a term for products that are similar to “Factory Defects” but instead of some mistake in design or production, are products which, although slightly damaged somehow, are still in workable order.  For example a “brand-new” refrigerator with a scratch or dent on the side cause during shipping or storage.

  • (to) Follow Suit – See:  Letter “F” Above.

  • Market Share – See Letter M Above.

  • Movers And Shakers – [Various] – This is an idiomatic phrasal noun which is used to describe people who are involved in big business and/or have a great amount of influence in whatever field they are in.  They “move things around” (business) and “shake things up” (create change).

  • Pricing Strategy – [Various] – This term is literally used to refer to any kind of strategy that is used to determine the price of a product or service, or to determine a system for which to determine the pricing of a product or service.


  • (a) Take-Over – [Mergers & Acquisitions] – This is an industry term used as a noun to refer when a person, company, or organization assumes control of another company by either purchasing it or assuming control through acquiring a majority of the stocks of that company…

“When Microsoft purchased Skype, I’m sure that the guys at Skype thought it was a great deal, but in reality, it was totally a corporate take-over to destroy the competition, because Skype was destroying MSN Messenger – which previously dominated the market.  And now Skype is just as freakin’ lame a Microsoft.”




White-Collar – See Letter C Above.





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