The bottom-line on annoying office phrases

Monday, September 4, 2017


Anyone who works in an office environment will have certainly cringed at them. Most of us are guilty of using them. But what are the most annoying and jargon filled phrases widely used in office culture?


Workplace team meeting with tired man

To answer this, we had an idea shower, created a list of the most excruciating phrases being bounced around the boardroom and voted on their annoyance level on the jar-go-meter. It was a worthwhile exercise, because now we are all singing from the same hymn sheet.

  • End of play

    Jar-go-meter rating: 8/10

  • Touch base

    Jar-go-meter rating: 6/10

  • Think outside the box

    Jar-go-meter rating: 6.5/10

  • Low hanging fruit

    Jar-go-meter rating:  9/10

  • Move the goal posts

    Jar-go-meter rating: 7/10

  • Curve ball

    Jar-go-meter rating: 7.5/10

  • Take this offline

    Jar-go-meter rating: 6/10

  • On my radar

    Jar-go-meter rating: 7/10

  • Moving forward

    Jar-go-meter rating: 8/10

  • Strategic fit

    Jar-go-meter rating: 7/10

Our suggestion on jargon-busting? Take them offline and post them on the office notice board, anytime someone is guilty of using one they have to make everyone a coffee. We know how often these phrases get batted around, so are giving away £1,000 worth of NESCAFÉ® AZERA® coffee and KITKAT® to make sure the main culprits are always well supplied.












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