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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by edesignuk, Jun 17, 2008.
50 office-speak phrases you love to hate - BBC.
I hate it when people ask me "Working hard, or hardly working?"
..then again, it pleasantly amuses me at the same time because in my shallow mind I equate this IQ... for better or worse.
i work with a guy that works hard at hardly working - 110% of the time.
My wife's office doesn't like the term "retreat" to describe an all-day meeting to discuss long-term strategy. Instead they call it an "advance." Get it? Like, moving forward instead of backward? Doesn't that just incentivize you like crazy?
Drives me (and her) bonkers.
Can't stand "PTO" -- Paid Time Off
LOL - I got a couple of hostile looks in a recent managers' meeting, when the 'utter pillock who wishes he was in charge' (TM) used the word 'Incentivize'
My response was: 'Oh God - does anyone here speak English?'
Got a laugh from the two board members present, fortunately
I'm not yet in employment, but here in school, teachers love using "hyperactive" to explain that a student cannot just sit still and listen.
'FYI'. Why bring IM chat to the office?
FYI, "FYI" was part of the officespeak lexicon long before IM existed.
But none the less, it gets on my t*ts.
Yeah, whatever happened to "vacation"?
One of the ones mentioned on the list in the OP is one that I loathe: "Let's talk offline about this" to mean "let's talk about this outside of this meeting." Ugh.
synergy, end-to-end, one-stop-shop... the usual suspects, usually uttered several times a minute by a client when they're shopping for a new agency.
My personal list:
"The fact of the matter is..."
"It is what it is"
"I'll ping you later about this"
"From a ____ perspective/standpoint"
I hate alliteration and rhyme in the workplace. I've heard this one, too, several times even, in the ad spots we run where I work. Drives me nuts because they think it sounds so 'hip' and 'with it'..
At the end of the day
Think outside the box
The Net-Net result
just three that come to mind
i can't stand any of the 'office-speak' really, which makes me glad i don't have to put up with it as i'd forever be correcting people on their misuse of words.
When someone says they want to 'reach out' to me, I want to reach out and wrap my hands around his/her neck.
'Let's talk offine' is really code for 'why the f*** did you bring that up on this call, you moron?!'
I hate "at the end of the day". Every time I hear that, I want to punch someone in the face, and that's my best friend's favorite phrase.
"Please leverage the following resources" instead of "talk to these people".
I think the reason phrases like this are used is that people like to sound smarter than they actually are.
Every time I take a call from a vendor, I can GUARANTEE they will say "I just wanted to touch base with you...."
I want to hang up right then.
that is the whole point of it, yes. to make things appear a bit different and above what it really means. its nonsense.
Anyone that touches my base gets a swift kick to the head.
I've got no problem with PTO. It's those damned TPS reports that kill me.
don't think you can beat "we need a holistic, cradle-to-grave approach"
that would meet with a response of "Stop talking utter bollocks"
thankfully I don't spend any time in meetings but for those who do