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Long Winter Causing a Slow Start for Outdoor and Recreational Businesses

iStockphoto(OAKDALE, Minn.) -- The extended cold in parts the country may have had an effect on March's disappointing jobs numbers.

Low temperatures late into winter and early spring are creating a slow start this year for businesses in the outdoor and recreational industries, leading to decreased revenue and a delay on hiring.

Sue Hustings says few customers are walking into her plant nursery in Minnesota. “I would say six to eight behind but what it was last year.”

Minnesota, Oak Marsh Golf Club Spokesperson Nicole Anderson says snow bunkers have forced the club to turn away thousands of reservations from eager golfers.

“Typically we open about St. Patrick's Day so now we're, what, about two, two and a half weeks late,” Anderson said.

“People are ready to get outside, I think, and just be active.”

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Most Overused Lingo at the Office

Ciaran Griffin/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Biz-speak. Buzz words. Overused lingo. Call it what you will, we all have our lingua pet-peeves. Why do employees overuse words that, oftentimes, aren’t even real words?

Among some popular “officespeak” terms: net-net, ping, touch base, deliverable, incentivize, impactful, learnings, synergy, influencer. Or what about those TPS reports?

“Words get ingrained at work but it shows you are speaking the office vernacular,” Michelle Goodman, career and workplace columnist, said. “On the one hand, we’re trying to speak the language at work and fit in. But the downside is it bothers some people and creeps into your social life.”

Goodman said every industry has its own idioms, and the tech industry often has the most new phrases. Her least favorite terms?

“'Circle back' and 'take this offline' are two that drive me crazy. It’s just a wonky way to talk,” she said.

Another “weird” one, she said, tech companies use to describe using their own products: eat your own dog food.

“They also call it dog-fooding which is ridiculous. It’s software jargon,” she said. “That’s one I thought was so weird. It’s not really a great analogy either because dog foods to humans is a gross concept.”

Other words and phrases that can be overused:

    low-hanging fruit
    think outside the box
    not in my wheelhouse
    paradigm shift
    Chinese firewall
    build the deck
    shoot me an email
    hold the fort
    key insights
    key drivers
    key takeaways
    high level overview
    best practice
    action items
    next steps
    value proposition
    table this
    hard stop
    boil the ocean
    circle the wagons
    throw it against the wall and see what sticks
    parachute in
    low-cost country sourcing

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Top Three Useful Foreign Languages for Business Excludes Spanish

Noel Hendrickson/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What are the top three most useful languages for business after English? Surprisingly, Spanish didn’t make the cut despite being the official language of 20 countries and spoken by over 329 million people, according to Bloomberg Rankings.

Not surprisingly, Mandarin Chinese is the most useful language for business after English, spoken by 845 million people in the world’s second-largest economy, China.

French (no. 2) and Arabic (no. 3) follow, with Spanish ranking fourth.  Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Korean, and Turkish followed.

To create the list, Bloomberg Rankings identified the 25 languages with the greatest number of native speakers, then narrowed the list to the 11 official languages of G20 countries, excluding those that designated English.

French is spoken by 68 million people worldwide and is the official language of 27 nations. Arabic, which is spoken by 221 million people, is the official language in 23 nations, according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg notes their list differs from a report of the top foreign languages studied in U.S. colleges from the Modern Language Association, published in December 2010.

Spanish topped that list with 864,986 enrollments, dwarfing French, which followed next with 216,419 (no. 2). Then there was German (no. 3), American Sign Language (no. 4), Italian (no. 5), Japanese (no. 6), Chinese (no. 7), Arabic (no. 8), Latin (no. 9) and Russian (no. 10).

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