I hear what you’re saying!

February 18, 2010 at 4:17 am 2 comments

Let’s think outside the box for a minute: who, at this moment in time, wouldn’t like to see a paradigm shift?

Got a problem or two with the sentence above? So do I. And you and I are not alone. It seems that Kiwis are really fed up when it comes to management speak – read a refreshing discussion on the worst office jargon here. An article in the National Business Review also triggered a number of interesting comments on the same subject.

A recent survey by Opinium research in the UK found that after grumpy or moody colleagues (37%), slow computers (36%) and small talk/gossip (19), the use of office jargon is the fourth-biggest office annoyance (18%). The 1,836 people surveyed voted the most annoying phrases to be ‘thinking outside the box’ (21%), ‘let’s touch base’ (20%) and ‘blue sky thinking’ (19%). The readers’ comments on Yahoo!xtra NEWS are rather entertaining to read!

Do you have an opinion on the use of office jargon or a particularly good example to add? Leave a comment!


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And what do you do? Honing your editing skills

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  • 1. Carys  |  April 26, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Deloitte developed a software application called Bullfighter to find and eliminate jargon in work documents. The software detects what it calls bullwords, suggests alternate terms, and assigns a “Bull Composite” score based on the clarity of the writing in the document.


    What a fantastic idea!

  • 2. Dorit  |  April 26, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Helen Sword provides a ‘Wasteline Test’ that you can apply to your own writing to diagnose your ‘verbal fitness level’:


    It’s not so much about avoiding jargon but more about writing in plain, clear and succinct English.


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