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Buzz Words that are annoying

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

  1. 3 Prague Winters

    3 Prague Winters Senior member

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    I get mailings for the San Francisco Symphony. Its conductor is Michael Tilson Thomas; however, they style it as MTT. You should hear it used in a conversation.

    + eleventy-billion
     
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    An article in today's post highlights these:

    game-changer
    close the deal



    Synergy, paradigm, holistic, symmetry are all fine in certain contexts, e.g. science.
     
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    The word war. Why do we declare war on everything we don't like?
    War on poverty, war on terror, war on drugs, someone else mentioned war on science. Isn't it possible to try to fight against something without calling it a war?
    Just annoying to me.
     
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    Not sure it's a buzz word, but I hate the arcane "to wit."
     
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    Another that's kind of annoying: "Presidential"

    Also, Bush's overuse of the word "resilient" in various forms is annoying.

    I use "to wit" in legal writing all the time, but never in any other kind of writing.
     
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    Brad Senior member

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    I use "to wit" in legal writing all the time, but never in any other kind of writing.

    It's style choice, I just don't care for it. To me, it's in the same league as using "said" when referring to a prior fact, event, etc. I can't stand "said" either. I think legal writers should strive for plain usage.
     
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    I think legal writers should strive for plain usage.

    To me it depends on the audience. There are some things in legal writing that I find very annoying that I try never to use. For example, the word "same" as in "I reviewed the letter and responded to same." I hate that shit. I also hate when people use the word "as" in this context: "I did not go to the store today as I was running late."
     
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    Multicultural, diversity or any variation of that concept. This is especially tedious when it's associated with sub-par events that has mediocre inauthentic "ethnic" food, especially those held on the streets.
    "Minority" Pride.


    I've finally found my long lost brother. welcome to the fold.

    and in that vein....the term "______-American"

    also, anything referring to "being green, going green, eco-friendly" etc
     
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    +1, awful.

    +2

    My Intro to management professor kept on using the term as if it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    Jon.
     
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    I've finally found my long lost brother. welcome to the fold. and in that vein....the term "______-American" also, anything referring to "being green, going green, eco-friendly" etc
    Oh yeah, these just went without saying by now I thought. Keep in sync with current trends would you?
     
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    disintermediate dynamic initiatives!!!!

    Nice! Let me know if you manage to squeeze that one into a meeting this week.
     
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    Welcome to Ogilvy, can I take your order please?

    They are more guilty of buzz-speak than most. Do you work for O&M?
     
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    Oh yeah, these just went without saying by now I thought. Keep in sync with current trends would you?

    I'm out of step. With the world. Can't keep up. Can't keep up.
     
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    I don't know if it's just in my industry, or in corporate America in general, but I hate the use of the word "soonest" when what is really meant is "as soon as possible." Here are examples that I come across all the time:

    "Will review and respond to your message soonest."

    "We need to get this over to the client soonest."
     
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    I don't know if it's just in my industry, or in corporate America in general, but I hate the use of the word "soonest" when what is really meant is "as soon as possible." Here are examples that I come across all the time:

    "Will review and respond to your message soonest."

    "We need to get this over to the client soonest."


    This is why I use the term: post-haste.

    Jon.
     
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    Drill-down
    Metrics
    Incentivize
    Synergy

    As in, "We need to drill down to find the untapped synergies in this merger and establish metrics to incentivize enhanced performance."

    If you get a chance, check out my favorite book on this subject...

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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't know if it's just in my industry, or in corporate America in general, but I hate the use of the word "soonest" when what is really meant is "as soon as possible."

    I first came across this in government. I think it started in the military.
     
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    Engage. As in I'll engage you later on this topic.
    Action Item. As in, will you own this action item?

    Mrs. T brought these two home with her, and I still cannot get her to cease. Not even when I ask her to make an action item to engage in some sort of mounting behavior this evening.
     
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