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The ten most annoying business buzzwords

The workplace is awash with cliches and meaningless jargon. Our US colleagues at pinpoint a few of the worst offenders.


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Anonymous | | Permalink

Where is "proactive".

Pink giraffe

Anonymous | | Permalink

My boss and I decided constant reference to the recession or downturn was depressing and now refer to the current pink giraffe.

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Going Forward

sluglet | | Permalink

Surely the most irritating and nonsensical phrase is when people talk about their budgets "going forward". Has anybody ever come across someone doing a budget going backward??

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Turning Life On Its Head

David Winch | | Permalink

Great point Sluglet

I have a theory that things where the opposite would never be said or seen don't need saying.  These things are only said or written for reasons of CYA.

This applies particularly to signs.  When would you ever see "Danger - Thick Ice", "Caution - The Water In This Hot Tap Is Cold" or "For Goodness Sake Don't Wash Your Hands After Using The Toilet"?


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sluglet | | Permalink

Robust!!! It's probably used more by politicians than businessmen. But, to be honest if I hear one more person talking about having "robust" policies in place I think I might have to give them a "robust" punch on the nose!

Ban all ...

Trevor Scott | | Permalink
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David Winch | | Permalink


Gr8 ansr. YRU sooo p..d? :-} B4 U rply, LOL!

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Anonymous | | Permalink

You teenager you.

I've recently come across a new piece of jargon that I fear will catch on - therefore I'll end up grinding my teeth when I hear it.

It's 'swimming lane' as in 'the organisation works very much in swimming lanes' or 'he's tends to kep to his own swimming lane'. Don't ask me what it means. Its only merit is that it can be usefully combined with other annoying metaphors such as 'out of his depth' and 'going off the high board'.