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Annoying Work Words

Posted by languageandgrammar on October 13, 2009

It’s been my experience that executives have been more responsible for annoying, trendy language at work than the rest of us, but a recent survey of executives has revealed their top language pet peeves.

One of the most annoying is the completely useless phrase “it is what it is” as if it, whatever it is, could be what it isn’t.

Other words that made the list include disconnect, which is one that’s annoyed me for quite some time (future post?) and reach out, cutting edge, interface, and leverage, all of which I mentioned in Literally, the Best Language Book Ever.

Oh, I guess I should give you the link to the article, huh? Click on The Most Annoying, Overused Words in the Workplace for the survey results.

–Paul

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