We all know business jargon is obnoxious. Yet, so many of us continue to use (and abuse) annoying buzzwords and clichés.
Darlene Price, president of Well Said, Inc., previously told Business Insider that most business language clichés were once a fresh, creative way of expressing a popular thought or common idea. “But because of long, excessive use, each phrase has lost its originality, impact, and even meaning,” she said.
Thankfully, “buzzword backlash is growing,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.”
Here are some of the most common — and annoying — jargony phrases you’re using at work, along with commentary from Taylor:
‘Break a leg’
It’s well-meaning, but trite and needs a reboot. “It’s like saying, ‘Good luck … oh, and end up in ER!’ How about something more heartfelt, like, ‘Go for it, and hey … no broken bones,’” says Taylor.
‘Open up the kimono’
“The open kimono phrase should be put away once and for all; stored in a distant space capsule, for everyone’s sake,” she says.
‘Boil the ocean’
“An interesting metaphor suggesting impossibility, but with climate change, it cannot be ruled out,” Taylor jokes. “Sadly, this expression can make your blood boil, though.”