6 Funny Office Jargon Examples We Could Do Without

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We all know by now that we have to use a certain language at work and that we can’t go around using the same jargon we use when we talk to our friends and family. However, most of us don’t even realize that we use some jargon phrases that we shouldn’t, mainly because we have been using them for so long. We are here to tell you that most of your colleagues find them annoying, without realizing of course that they also use their own. Because we want to help you out with that, we are going to provide you with 6 examples of office jargon that you might want to stop using.

Funny Office Jargon Examples That You Should Avoid

1. It Is What It Is

This is possibly one of the most annoying phrases that you could utter at work. Why is that, you ask? Well, because you are not actually saying anything when you use it. What is the it you’re talking about? Could you be more specific about it? If so, we recommend you be. Not to mention the fact that the phrase has this giving up tone to it that will discourage anyone to try and come up with a solution.

2. Pick Someone’s Brain

This really visual office jargon example sounds really funny if you think about it literally. Instead of picking someone’s brain, maybe you could ask your colleague or boss to share their ideas with you. That sounds much more professional and much less Hannibal Lecter.

3. Circle Back

This may sound like a strange option to put on the list of office jargon phrases you should avoid using, but bear with us. Think about the meaning of the phrase for a second. It means to go back to a previous topic. Now, if you would want to do that, why would you opt for a circle trajectory? Wouldn’t going in a straight line be more effective?

4. Think Outside of the Box

Yes, we’ve all heard this phrase. Some of us are even guilty of using it every now and then. Is it really necessary though? Forget about hypothetical boxes and be more straightforward. Someone can be innovative, creative, or have a unique perspective. There are a lot of options that you can use to replace the box scenario.

5. At the End of the Day

Think about it: you are at work listening to a presentation given by one of your colleagues, and you keep hearing him use the phrase “at the end of the day” to mean “ultimately”. Another hour more of this kind of talk and you will be wishing for the actual end of your day at work.

6. Throw Someone Under the Bus

Again, such a violent alternative to say something that can be otherwise expressed perfectly clear. There’s no need to throw anyone under a bus, at work or anyplace else. All you have to do is replace this phrase with “blame someone else for your mistake”.

Now that you know most people would prefer you not to use such office jargon examples, try to come up with a more creative alternative the next time you want to “think outside of the box”.

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Author: Amanda Knowles

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