Infographic: The 10 worst bits of corporate jargon

We all hate buzzwords, but some just won’t die. Here are some of the most appalling offenses. Have you ever accidentally let one slip?

As corporate communicators, we’ve all heard—and grumbled about—terrible buzzwords and trite phrases.

“Low-hanging fruit,” “out of the box,” “deliverables,” “ideate”—it’s hard to decide which is the worst offender.

But have you ever found yourself—in a moment of weakness, obviously—accidentally letting one of these buzzwords slip?

Perhaps you’re in a meeting and everyone is talking about leveraging synergies, and suddenly you find yourself telling everyone to—gasp!—circle back next week.

You immediately regret it. You tell yourself it’s OK, that you were sitting in a swirling cloud of gobbledygook and your guard was down; you weren’t thinking straight.

The regret still stings, though.

An infographic from Officevibe lists 10 corporate buzzwords that ought to be flushed away forever. These picks, however, are among the most deeply ingrained in our brains. Have you ever accidentally let one of these slip?

Bite the bullet

Skin in the game

Touch base

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Let’s circle back

See the full list in the infographic below:

(View a larger image.)

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