BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | 50 office-speak phrases you love to hate
There are some that make my toes curl in this article, especially number 2 where a company has apparently banned brain-storm for its "negative connotations associated with fits" and is telling its employees to use idea shower instead!
A phrase I hear a lot at school is "industry standard". Very popular with media studies and art.
Personally I ignore all the PC-speak.
Expect to hear 'Educational collateral damage' a lot in the coming weeks and months with regards to the spending cutbacks - I've been in two meetings this week where it's been used and already it's making me cringe.
Last edited by tech_guy; 5th November 2010 at 01:49 AM.
I hate the backforming of words into verbs: 'conversate', 'auspiced', 'surveilled' etc.
Also anything that is more words than it needs to be: 'at this moment in time' - that would be 'Now'
Interesting that someone cites 'loop back' as a phrase used in office-speak.
mrwITch is constantly complaining about 'product evangelist' (he is one) and 'technical architect' which is a fairly meaningless phrase.
elsiegee40 (5th November 2010)
as someone who hasn't washed in six years i find the term "idea shower" offensive, please stop using it
Another thing that hacks me off is the use of abbreviations in school meetings. Half the time am sitting there wondering the hell they are talking about!
sales monkey: Hello, Bobby here, just thought I'd touch base, see if you need any thing....
me: WOT?...... *hangs up*
One of our SMT is constantly reminding us to 'be mindful' of everything, which leads me to do a little Yoda impression in my head. Every. Single. Time.
"Be mindful of Teh Facebooks, young teaching staff!"
Something else which gets on my nerves, although not necessarily stupid office speak, is people who use the phrase 'many thanks'. To me, 'many thanks' is a lazy way of saying 'Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you...' emphatically over and over, which, if staff really said that, would seem out of place when all I've done is reset a password or something. There's no sense of scale (see this Eddie Izzard clip on YouTube for clairification of the scale thing). I don't know why it irks me so much, but it does.
Last edited by dayzd; 5th November 2010 at 09:11 AM.
I can't believe there are 50 things in a list and not once is the phrase "pro-active" mentioned
I think these are all good ideas so if we can action the idea to eradicate them from our volcabulariums, then at the end of the day we can all be oral ambassadors. If we touch base after this is done we can run it up the flag pole, see who looks, end the game plan and move forward to a new challenge safe in the knowledge we've given 120.5%.
Wtf does 'combining synchronous practices to create a meritorious educational plutocracy' mean?! I just read it in a report. Ten minutes later I still can't work out what it means. It's bullmanure isn't it?!
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