Posted by Laura
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I sit in meetings I feel like I need a dictionary to make sense of what’s being said.
It’s not that colleagues use big words, in some cases far from it, it’s just what comes out of some people’s mouths sounds like a 21st century version of Orwellian newspeak, as translated by David Brent from The Office. In short, workplace gobbledygook.
What began with a spot of blue-sky and out-of-box thinking has morphed into a whole new language. Research conducted by recruitment company Office Angels today reveals phrases such as "blamestorming" (debating a missed deadline or mistake after the event with your colleagues to decide whose fault it was) and "boss-spasming" (looking busy as soon as your manager walks into the room) have officially become office buzzwords for 2008.
Other phrases include "the juice ain’t worth the squeeze", meaning a task isn’t worth the effort, and "take a bite of the reality sandwich" – something perhaps I’d tell my colleagues to do if they expect me to start speaking in this way.
Here in our office we’re big users of acronyms: EOM (end of message), BTW (by the way), K (OK, although why this needed shortening I don’t know!). And as much as these are unwittingly creeping into my everyday parlance, I refuse to succumb to such corporate word camouflage, no matter how nice "workspace-specific perceptual abstraction" sounds. NB. That’s daydreaming to you and I.
What office buzzwords have you picked up in your job? Share the best and the worst.