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Top 50 most hated business buzz words

There are some amusing items on the BBC site with Lucy Kellaway's campaign against nonsense officespeak. As she says "the problem with office-speak is that it cloaks the brutal modern workplace in such brainlessly upbeat language".

Beeb readers have written in with their most loathed phrases - do read the list of shame  and Lucy's attempt to eradicate the phrase "going forward".

M'colleague here is frequently reduced to banging her head on the desk at some of the barking language used in press releases sent to Finextra. Name and shame I say - but she's resisted so far. Apparently yesterday someone used the phrase "OEMing". 

It is insane. Let's start speaking plain English and drop the jargon and the crap.

Going forward to progress this to the max I'd encourage you all to dialogue here with similar examples and let's see if we can't drill down into the heart of the matter, rekindle our core values with some real thought leadership and cascade a total paradigm shift.


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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 17 June, 2008, 16:27Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

I'd take the black texta to the Webster's but isn't the new rule 'if the grammar and spell checker allow it then it must be ok.' We need that cliche checker plugin.

I'm guilty of a few, but I did apologise for 'paradigm'. They're generally prettty good on finextra, and English isn't even the first language of many of the readers. 

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 18 June, 2008, 09:29Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Ah - spell checkers.... I recall once a colleague routinely clicked ADD TO DICTIONARY or whatever with any mis-spelled or queried words. After some months of this the spell checkers 'corrections' were quite disastrous.

I should fess up on the buzz words front - I occasionally say LEVERAGE but with a tiny hint of irony.

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