Staffing firm Accountemps periodically surveys executives to find out what they deem the most annoying and overused office cliches. Here are a few of the best, according to CBS MoneyWatch.
"Leverage" -- Basically, doing more with less. Example: "After the layoffs, we can leverage our staff of three to cover the entire Eastern seaboard."
"It is what it is" -- Not much you can do about it. As in "Our staff has just been cut in half. It is what it is."
"Reach Out" -- Delivering bad news to customers or employees. Example: "Reach out to the customers with a letter announcing that their interest rate just doubled."
"Viral" -- So prevalent that it's everywhere, perhaps nauseatingly so. Example: "Twitter has gone viral."
"Game changer" -- A catalyst of some sort that can change the way someone or something is viewed. Example: "Getting indicted for fraud was a game changer for Bernie Madoff."
"Disconnect" -- When you want one thing, but get something else. Example: "There is a disconnect between what the consumer wants and what we intend to provide."
"Value-add" -- A gain of some kind, usually financial. Example: "She refuses to donate to charity unless she sees some value-add, say, eternal salvation."
"Circle back" -- To see someone again and again, even if may not want to be seen. Example: "I'm having cocktails with Mervin, but I will circle back around midnight to see if you've finished the Implebottom Report."
"Socialize" -- No, not talking. Rather, the concept of jamming an idea down people's throats. Example: "We need to socialize to our patients our practice of closing the doctor's office every day for two hours at lunch."
"Cutting edge" -- A must-have modern product or technology. Example: "Sleeperama's cutting-edge mattress will take the country by storm."
Click here to read more about what Yahoo! Finance has to say about the Top 10 office cliches.
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