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prairie dogging

A phenomenon that occurs in cubicle-filled office buildings. Whenever there's a loud sound or other unusual occurrence, everyone pops up to look over the walls to see what's happening. Co-worker conversations and team meetings may also take place via prairie dogging as an alternative to the water cooler or conference room. See mutter machine.



mutter machine

An audio device that plays a background garble for open office spaces. It sounds like a whole bunch of people chatting, but the words are indistinguishable. The constant noise level allows people to feel more privacy on the phone and also helps them feel less isolated when fewer office workers are at their desks. It has also been used by small offices to fake a large, busy company for incoming telephone callers. See prairie dogging.



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