The challenge of problem with office-speak

I'm glad I'm back at my email and reading BBC News today, or I would've missed the BBC News Magazine's "50 office-speak phrases you love to hate". I think most of my pet peeve corporate-speak phrases are on the list, including the vomit-worthy:
  • "going forward" (#1)
  • "incentivise" (#4)
  • "challenge" (#10)
  • "paradigm shifts" (#35)
  • "stakeholder" (#36)
  • "cascading" (#39)
  • "leverage" (#42)
On a related note, Slate has the sparkling "Lazy Bastards: How We Read Online" (via kitschy potemkin).

Related post: On being plain-spoken

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At 6/17/2008 1:41 pm , Blogger AcidFlask said...

For your kind consideration please. Kindly revert as to whether you will be attending the tea session. ;-)

At 6/17/2008 7:40 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nearly snorted out juice through my nose reading this. Though the one word that would make me commit murder by pencil is 'revert'.

At 6/18/2008 11:43 am , Blogger Tym said...

Yes, the misuse of "revert" MUST be stamped out! I wonder if it's only in the Singapore context that the word gets abused so ...

At 6/26/2008 6:01 am , Blogger Joan said...

In my ex-company, the most used phrase that drove me batty all the time was, "so-called". My GM would go, "So we go to Shanghai to promote our so-called programme..."

And another colleague used to say, "whole entire" ALL THE BLOODY TIME!

At 6/27/2008 6:45 am , Blogger Tym said...

One of my friends thinks that the abuse of "so-called" is perpetuated in the army. That's where he hears it misused the most often.

Maybe your GM was ex-army? :)

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