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Are These The Most Pretentious, Irritating, Annoying, and Overused Phrases At Work?

Well I’m just as guilty as the next person, yet at the same time, below are my top most annoying, overused, and pretentious jargon phrases we hear at work settings today. Do you agree? Please let me know which ones you would add to this list!

Call it what you will, Buzz words, officespeak, Overused lingo, Biz-speak!

“Jargon masks real meaning,” says Jennifer A. Chatman, the Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management with the California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. “People use it as a substitute for thinking hard and clearly about their goals and the direction that they want to give others.”

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For me, these are my top most pretentious, annoying, and irritating jargon phrases used at work:

  1. Across the piece
  2. All hands on deck
  3. At the end of the day
  4. Back to the drawing board
  5. Bang for your buck
  6. Best of breed
  7. Best practice
  8. Chinese firewall
  9. Circle Back
  10. Close the deal
  11. Cutting Edge
  12. Disconnect
  13. Dive deeper
  14. Drill-down
  15. End of play
  16. Game-changing
  17. Get the ball rolling
  18. Going forward
  19. Hold the fort
  20. I don’t have a problem with that
  21. It Is What It Is
  22. It’s on my radar
  23. Keep your eye on the ball
  24. key drivers
  25. key insights
  26. key takeaways
  27. Leverage
  28. Low hanging fruit
  29. Move the goal post
  30. Move the needle
  31. No brainer
  32. Not in my wheelhouse
  33. On my plate
  34. Paradigm shift
  35. Positive momentum
  36. Reach out
  37. Run the numbers
  38. Shoot me an email
  39. synergies/synergistic
  40. Think outside the box
  41. Touch base
  42. Touch points
  43. Value added
  44. Viral
  45. When the rubber hits the road
  46. Win-win

You know what’s funny though? Occasionally, there’s a new one – overused work clichés! (Comment if you have one i  missed.)

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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
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