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October 23, 2013

No Brainers In The Thought Shower

Every source of work or activity seem to generate its own brand of slang and jargon.

Most of it is discordant or incomprehensible at first, but some of it is just plain...

...stupid, no matter how long you look at it or hear it.

Business jargon seems the most cliched and inane.

Look at some of these terms and pay attention to how, and how often you see them used; no-brainer, heads-up, paradigm shift or upskill.

The word 'problem' is rarely used (apparently it's too obvious), so instead, use 'issue' or, if it is even more serious, the word 'concern' might fit.

If your boss mentions that he (or she) is 'concerned' about your work, you better start packing.

And do you really want to say something was a no-brainer? That it took no brains to come up with?

Here's an article with a focus on these, and much more - http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/oct/22/a-z-modern-office-jargon?CMP=fb_gu.

I will say, as I've said before, use enduring, grown-up, complete words if you want to be taken seriously in the workplace.

Most of these words are vague, trendy and evasive. If you have something to say, say it directly and clearly. Everyone will be thankful if you do.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

Morf

Posted by mmorf at October 23, 2013 10:45 PM

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