Do you detest ‘touch base’? Or is it ‘blue sky thinking’ that makes you want to scream? A survey by job site Glassdoor found that the most hated jargon phrases included ‘run it up the flagpole’ and ‘game changer’.
Sometimes, the jargon makes absolutely no sense. I hate ‘let’s get our ducks in a row’. It’s used to mean ‘let’s get prepared before an event’ but getting ducks in any kind of line sounds like an impossible task!
Why can’t people simply say what they mean? Do jargon phrases ever help? Or do they simply exclude and alienate people who don’t understand them? That’s the opposite of good business communication!