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Do you like using the phrase “give back the yen” in business meetings?
Your coworkers want you to quit.
BeforehandOnline language learning platform recently polled over 1000 people to ask them what they thought of certain trendy corporate terms. “Circle back” was deemed the most annoying phrase, followed by overused doozies such as “put a pin in it” (#6) and “low-hanging fruit” (#8).
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Buzzwords to stop in 2023
The study also looked at what some called “modern buzzwords” that were prevalent in 2022.
New words that survey participants hope will be phased out soon include “new normal,” with 42% saying it’s the word they find most annoying in 2022.
“Leveling up” and “expenditure” did not stop.
HR personnel may need to take note. The survey highlighted phrases that should not be used in job postings, with 55% of the participants saying they view buzzwords in job postings negatively.
Worst offenders include Fast-Paced Environment and Rockstar. The words “guru” and “ninja” also gave a relentless thumbs up.
Not all corporate buzzwords were deemed intolerable. The survey also revealed the least intrusive buzzwords, including “sync” (#1), “loop in” (#7), and the familiar “go offline” (#9).
We’re not saying these phrases will make you popular in the office, so use them sparingly.
Here’s the full list:
Top 10 most annoying buzzwords
1. Draw a circle
2. Work Hard, Play Hard
3. Boots on the ground
4. Let’s make this a table
6. Pin it
7. Line up the ducks
8. Easy Achievements
9. Reinventing the Wheel
10. Throw it and see what sticks
5 most annoying modern languages
1. New normal
2. Lean in
3. Answer the phone
4. Level up
5. Out of pocket
10 less annoying buzzwords
4. Level set
5. Put it in your back pocket
6. Window of Opportunity
7. Loop in
9. Go offline
10. On the same page
8 buzzwords to avoid in job postings
1. Like family
2. Fast paced environment
7. Work Hard, Play Hard
8. Step into the door