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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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