March 19, 2024

Creating your own words is part of making new things

Creating your own words is part of making new things

I was shy at first about creating our own slang, thinking that newcomers might find us ridiculous. It was a mistake.

Creating your own words is part of making new things. Itโ€™s also part of building a strong culture.

English is the official language at Stockly, but we have some internal slang, that newcomers need to learn about when they arrive. We actually have internal documentation about it ๐Ÿ˜…

Some of this slang is tech concepts (eg. an abstract representation of a business reality): a ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, a ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, a ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜, an ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ, โ€ฆ

Some of this slang is the words that our market use, such as a ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜†-๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜…, a ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ, a ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, โ€ฆ a Stockler must know these classic e-commerce words to be able to have a discussion with anyone in the industry.

Some is just pure random, such as ๐—ข๐—ž๐—ฃ๐— , which stands for OK Pour Moi ๐Ÿคฏ, introduced by Pierre Vigand and now used ~300 times a day internally. Or ๐—˜๐—น๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ, which is the pseudo of Oscฤ…r Wฤ…lter ๐Ÿค”

In the end I think it's all part of who we are and what we are trying to build, something new and efficient. Using exclusively words that really exist seems too difficult in this context.

Anyway, I swear we are cool.