It's my small contribution to the wonderfully geeky field of etymology. I cloned the feature from the Jargon Scout feature in the late, lamented Tasty Bits from the Technology Front newsletter.
Today's Rob Enderle item features a nice bit of jargon: quote mill. Dave Winer appears to have coined it to describe Enderle on Feb. 28, 2002, and the meaning is pretty clear from its first use:
Rob Enderle of Giga Group [is] someone I think of as a quote mill, happy to give you a line about anything, including things he knows nothing about. ... I see a quote from him I get the message. The reporter is out of ideas and has decided to cut corners.
Even the most diligent reporter has a 'quote mill'. It's kissing cousin to 'looming deadline' and 'tard editor', which is also, of course, an oxymoron.