More Corporate Jargon Pet Peeves

Last Updated Mar 2, 2009 6:23 PM EST

Looks like I hit some hot buttons with my post last week about why we should outlaw corporate jargon.

After drilling down into your comments, I'm seeing a paradigm shift in thinking about the nature of the beast. Some of you said we need to think outside the box and embrace jargon as a value-add.

Others said that using buzz words levels the playing field by getting everyone on the same page. Yet still others argued that jargon puts us behind the eight-ball and limits transparency.

At the end of the day, here's some more corporate-speak you said you love to hate:

  • Slide deck, or deck (relating to PowerPoint presentations)
  • Drilling down
  • Seamless
  • Divide and conquer
  • Let's take this offline
  • Reach out (to a client or customer)
  • Down-select
  • Dovetail
  • Herd cats
  • G2G ("good to go")
  • Proactive
  • Synergy
  • "Verbing" nouns (e.g., "to partner")
  • Let's bounce it off (someone)
  • Socialize a concept
  • Organic
  • Ecosystem
  • Glass ceiling
  • Window of opportunity
  • Throw you under the bus
  • Do our due diligence
  • Benchmark
  • Best practices
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