A. Ross Eckler


A stinky pinky is a two-word rhyming phrase such as FLOWER POWER or HAIRY LARRY. "Buzzwords" (Crown Publishers, 1993), a survey of occupational jargon by John Davis, is packed with examples which he claims are genuine but which, to my ear, sound made up by clever wordsmiths rather than working stiffs. Here is a sample (one per occupation) of the most apt. After each stinky pinky its user is given, followed by the translation. Cover the capitalized words below and see if you can reconstruct them from the translation alone.