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Are You a Meanderthal? More Office Lingo

By on February 16, 2017 in Fun, Office Jargon, Office Workers with 0 Comments
Are You a Meanderthal? More Office Lingo

Do you have a multi-slacker in your office (a person who does lots of unproductive things all at the same time, such as chatting to a friend on the phone while instant messaging and watching YouTube)? If so, perhaps they should be uninstalled (fired)? Here’s some of the latest office lingo so that all of […]

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Too Much Time in the iTea Dept May Get You Decruited

By on May 17, 2016 in Fun, Office Jargon with 0 Comments
Too Much Time in the iTea Dept May Get You Decruited

What do you call someone who gets side-tracked in business meetings? An Agenda Bender of course! Or the person who raids the stationery cupboard on a regular basis? Why, that’s Ronnie Bics! For more corporate jargon, read on: Al desco dining – eating lunch at your desk Blamestorming session – meeting aimed at finding a scapegoat for a […]

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110% Jargon

By on September 8, 2012 in Office Jargon, Office Workers with 0 Comments
110% Jargon

Best practice Despite office jargon being something that has long irritated us, it’s a workplace sin that a lot of us indulge in. That’s according to recent poll of 1,014 people commissioned by loan company wonga.com. One in five workers (19%) admits to being an ‘office waffler’. Sixteen percent think that using vacuous idioms like […]

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Workers Sick of Office Jargon

By on January 4, 2012 in Office Jargon with 0 Comments
Workers Sick of Office Jargon

A recent survey of UK office workers has shown widespread frustration at the use of management speak. Three-quarters of the 2,000 polled were annoyed by their line managers using vacuous workplace jargon such as “push the envelope”. “Think outside the box”, “blue sky thinking” and “hit the ground running” were deemed the worst offending phrases […]

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Office Jargon of the Day: Blue-Sky Thinking

By on August 31, 2010 in Office Jargon with 0 Comments
Office Jargon of the Day: Blue-Sky Thinking

blue-sky thinking, n. Fig.: Creative ideation not limited by dominant beliefs or paradigms. The term has its origins in the attributive “blue-sky” referring from the end of the nineteenth century to having a pleasant appearance but with difficulties ignored, unrealistic. Example: “We need to synergise our people and technology with some blue-sky thinking.” * * […]

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Office Jargon of the Day: Singing From the Same Hymn Sheet

By on August 26, 2010 in Office Jargon with 0 Comments
Office Jargon of the Day:  Singing From the Same Hymn Sheet

  to sing from the same (also song) hymn sheet, v. to be in agreement, to express the same view, to present a united front; cf. to be on the same page, to read from the same page. to have the same information and think similarly. Example: “The Fujigawa consortium will be singularly unimpressed if […]

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Office Jargon of the Day: Best Practice

By on August 7, 2010 in Fun, Office Jargon with 0 Comments
Office Jargon of the Day: Best Practice

best practice, n. From OED: “chiefly Business (as a mass noun) the practice which is accepted by consensus or prescribed by regulation as correct; the preferred or most appropriate style.” First attested in OED from 1984. Basically it means identifying what works in other organisations, departments or projects and emulating it. Example: “Best practice is […]

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Office Jargon of the Day: Decruitment

By on July 29, 2010 in Fun, Office Jargon with 0 Comments
Office Jargon of the Day: Decruitment

  decruitment, n. the dismissal by a company of employees “who are no longer needed.” Formerly known as redundancy. Delightful neologistic synonyms include “uninstalling” and the now veteran “downsizing”. People don’t “get the sack” any more. This is because that expression has a negative ring which detracts from the wholly positive phenomenon of people losing […]

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Office Jargon of the Day: Going Forward

By on July 22, 2010 in Fun, Office Jargon with 0 Comments
Office Jargon of the Day: Going Forward

  going forward, adv. henceforth, from this point in time, from now on, in the future. Sometimes, “on a go-forward basis,” a mutation of an already pointless phrase. In speech, no meaning is usually lost by replacing “going forward” with “erm” or pausing to scratch your nose. Example: “Going forward, there are reasons to be […]

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