에이 recent article in 수호자 bemoaned the proliferation of inane middle-management lingo in the modern workplace. From “imagineering” to “reaching out,” from the “low-hanging fruit” to “the view from 30,000 feet,” there seems to be no escaping the raging current of Office Space-ish nonsense that’s replaced straightforward communication in the workplace.
On this, the Monday after Thanksgiving, a day when it seems particularly cruel that we must rise and put on non-elastic pants, we want to know what meaningless office-speak is flourishing, toxic mold-like, in your place of employ. Are you ideating and wordsmithing? Are you answering asks and touching base? Have you been onboarded? Would you prefer to be offboarded (possibly not a thing)?
Before you take so deep a dive that you drown, free up some of your mental bandwidth and tell us the most odious terms, words and phrases you’ve been subject to lately.
I’ll start: In researching this post, I encountered “open the kimono” used as a particularly revolting way to mean “reveal the information.” OK, I’m going to go barf—your turn.