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Buzz Words that are annoying

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by odoreater, May 6, 2008.

  1. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    You can make it work. I adopted the practice because a professor I had my freshman year in college would fail students for using 'is' and 'are' in our essays. Not that I did not disagree at first, but I ended up seeing a huge difference between how I originally wrote, and how I wrote after.

    eh.


    What was this professor's position on double negatives? [​IMG]
    As an exercise in making people more conscious, creative writers, this makes sense. As an actual stylistic rule, it strikes me as insanity.
     
  2. GoSurface

    GoSurface Senior member

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    hmmm...

    hahaha, I figured someone would pick on that. SF is as far away from 'formal' as you can get.
     
  3. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Has anybody noticed that nobody ever says "send" an email in a business environment? I hear shoot, slide, flip, scoot, throw, kick, and even pump, but no send. A friend and I used to see who could slip the most ridiculous placeholder verbs into business conversations.

    I hear "send" and "sent" in that context all the time.
     
  4. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    i agree with matt that 'gentleman' is tossed around too often these days. also 'vehicle' when saying car or truck makes more sense. and i've noticed many people say "have a great day" instead of "have a nice day", though i don't like that one either.
     
  5. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    "Hope this helps" to end an officious email.
     
  6. West24

    West24 Senior member

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    are you people just trying to find things that you dont like? how could anyone possible not like have a great day instead of nice? like wtf people?
     
  7. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    are you people just trying to find things that you dont like?
    That is essentially the premise of the thread, yes.
     
  8. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    hahaha, I figured someone would pick on that. SF is as far away from 'formal' as you can get.
    Is
    it? [​IMG]
     
  9. GoSurface

    GoSurface Senior member

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    What was this professor's position on double negatives? [​IMG]
    As an exercise in making people more conscious, creative writers, this makes sense. As an actual stylistic rule, it strikes me as insanity.


    He had a position on everything. I actually considered dropping his class the first day, but I soldiered on anyway. At the end of the semester, he told me I had 'the gift.' So that was nice.

    I think I noticed the difference when we had to edit our classmates papers. You read a thesis and it has 'is' and 'are' every third word, you start to get his point.
     
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    Is it? [​IMG]

    I put that there just for you. [​IMG]
     
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    I hear "send" and "sent" in that context all the time.

    Are you hiring?
     
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    anything related to "leverage" makes me throw up a little in my mouth
     
  13. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    anything related to "leverage" makes me throw up a little in my mouth

    I can help you leverage that anger to exploit new symetries and take advantage of the new paradigm in emerging markets with solutions that benefit the rising consumer class.
     
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    As a student whose areas of focus are on sustainable lifestyles, urban development, and environmentally-friendly design, I refuse to use the word 'green', in person or in writing. I am going on almost two years now. Yes, it annoys me.
     
  17. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    As a student whose areas of focus are on sustainable lifestyles, urban development, and environmentally-friendly design, I refuse to use the word 'green', in person or in writing.
    [​IMG]
     
  18. itskub

    itskub Senior member

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    Yep, I know. And I also realized I just used to word green.

    "put it in writing"
     
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    One of the advertising agencies I used to work at insisted on putting these kinds of thigs in their presentations. I always felt it was a sign of someone who doesn't know what he's talking about - if you can't convince them, confuse them. Endless charts that mean nothing are another. Some of my favourites: 360 Brand Activation Holistic Approach Web 2.0 (even a simple microsite was "Web 2.0") Through The Line This is fun: http://www.dack.com/web/bullshit.html
     
  20. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    nanny state
    grassroot
    win-win situation
    touch base
    collateral damage
    the capital wants this/does this
    entitlement
    aspirational


    BTW a lot of the terms mentioned like paradigm, globalization and synergies are perfectly serviceable when used in an appropriate way, I guess this applies to the less tendentious ones I listed.
     

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