I found this list, and rather than it be annoying...if you use these words during meetings with annoying (but smarter than you), you could in-turn...look smarter! Unless they ask questions, then we're right back where we started. - DJ
At best, it's gobbledygook. At worst, it's so confusing, it can paralyze people who are
just trying to do their job -- but can't because they have no idea what the boss is saying. "Jargon masks real meaning," Jennifer Chatman, management professor at the University of California-Berkeley's Haas School of Business, told Forbes magazine. "People use it as a substitute for thinking hard and clearly about their goals and the direction that they want to
give others." As a service to businesspeople everywhere, Forbes has assembled a list of the most annoying business jargon. Read it so you don't fall victim to it!
Top 10 Most Annoying Business Words:
1. Core Competency
A company or person's fundamental strength, although that is not what the word
"competent" means. And anyway, who wants to be just competent?
Excellence is far loftier goal.
An agreement on a specific course of action, but typically involves someone who
was not part of the discussion or planning. In other words, it can be insulting
to be asked for a "buy-in" on an idea.
3. S.W.A.T. Team
A group of business "experts," who are assembled to solve a problem.
Forbes says these experts are typically fat men in suits; they are not people
who put themselves in danger to keep others safe.
Something the boss does to get you to want to do a job of some importance, but
subtly still lets you know that he is the one in charge. Empowering someone is
5. Open the Kimono
Revealing information. OK, this is just creepy!
6. Bleeding Edge
Something that is so cutting-edge it needed a new term. And a violent one at
A business or activity that requires little additional effort or cost for each
additional unit of output. That is, building it requires lots of effort, time
and money, but distributing it is easy and painless.
8. Best Practice
A method or technique that delivers superior results, especially when compared
with other methods and techniques. Can you say pompous?
9. Think Outside the Box
Approaching a business problem in an unconventional fashion. One Forbes.com
reader quipped, "Forget the box. Just think!"
A situation or environment that can be manipulated or controlled, as in
"we are leveraging our assets." Forbes says, "Meet the
granddaddy of nouns converted to verbs." Or as it was so expertly put in
"Calvin and Hobbes" years ago: "Verbing weirds language."