Words That Make Me Want to Vomit

10 Apr

We all have them…words that when we hear them, we basically want to projectile vomit on the spot.  I have several categories of vomit words, but for the sake of the narrow focus of this blog (corporate hell), I’ll stick with businessy-type words.

“Touch base, corporate interface, reach out, return on investment, circle back, best practices, think tank, power through, team building, think outside the box, bottom line and results-oriented” – those will be enough to get you thinking “Thank GOD it is fricking Saturday!”

Frankly, all of the above-referenced words are terribly overused and annoying as hell.  If you use these words in any business conversations, business meetings,  or business pitches, etc., people will think you are a jackass.  Try never to speak these words aloud.

Tomorrow – How to Fight the Sunday Blues

5 Responses to “Words That Make Me Want to Vomit”

  1. alchiketi April 10, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    and for those in the not for profit sector “don’t blame the victim”, “reinventing the wheel”, “empowering …whoever (children, women, people of color, diabled), “consensus driven”, “oppressive communication”, and my all time favorite “non-profit industrial complex” et cetera, et cetra, et cetra!

    did i just out myself? who cares? i work in the said ‘failing organization’.

  2. Wally April 10, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    And “synergy”!

  3. michaeleriksson April 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    In all fairness, most of these words are not inherently bad—they are just overused by people who use them for rhetorical purposes, do not understand them, use them in the wrong context, or similar. “Return on investment” is a perfectly valid word and very useful concept in e.g. an investment or accounting context. “Thinking outside the box” is truly something valuable—for those who understand it, not just spit cliches. Etc.

    Maybe this is a situation where we should kill the messenger, and leave the message in peace…

  4. Cori April 12, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Another overused one- multitasking. I have also just heard of a new one- Continuous partial attention. Code for I am hearing you, but not really listening. Nice, huh?!?

  5. Shieldmaiden1196 April 15, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    I used to be a vendor (read: slave who was expected to be psychic) for a huge company who not only beat these words to the ground but had a few of their own. (Administrivia comes to mind, though they were the authors and perfectors of the larges PILE of it I’d ever encountered.) I made up bingo cards for their weekly interminable conference calls so we could make a game out of all their ridiculous, overused terms. There were prizes.

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