Post # 1
My team and I have conversations around this frequently, because we write all the training materials for our company. And just like the nerds we are, we are constantly researching “politically correct” ways to use words and phrases. And I’m sorry, but I cringe at some of the terms people use to either sound smarter or well versed or what not, I cant help it, HA-HA! Anyhoo, any Bees out there that hate certain words???
Utilize vs. use: they dont mean the same thing GAHHH! I swear, look it up!
Silos: So pretentious, sheesh.
Piggy-back: No, I do not want a piggy back.
Loop me in: No, I am not crocheting a sweater, no need for loops.
Feel free to share yours for some amusement!
Post # 3
ShabbyChicBee: Utilize!! Ugh!!! I’m a marketing writer, and I replace it with “use” on a daily basis. And actually, one of the biggest offenders was my Fiance. Now he never uses “utilize” and points out when someone on TV uses it, lol.
So beyond utilize, I’d have to go for “huddle up” and, the classic, “synergy.” And yes, I actually edited out “synergy” from someone’s proposal the other day.
Post # 4
We have tasks in Sharepoint and we call them “taskers”…it’s so lame. “Granularity” and “touch base with” are also way overused in my organization.
Post # 5
I hate “crunch time.” I always picture someone eating Cheetos or something else offensively noisy.
Post # 6
I was at a seminar where the presenter discussed the importance of staying out of drama/other people’s problems. She talked about the negative aspects of “OPP” for a good 20 minutes. For example, “Don’t let OPP get you down – avoid OPP at all costs!” Those of us under the age of 40 kept laughing. At least she didn’t ask if we were down with it ourselves.
Post # 8
In production, we use a “steam tube dryer” in part of our process, but for some reason it’s been abbreviated as “STD”, so when the employees come into my lab to analyze the product coming out of the dryer, it’s called an STD check. We also use that acronym for any “standard” substance that we use to calibrate equipment with. It’s actually pretty funny when a new guy is told to go learn how to do a STD check in the lab.
Post # 9
I work in social services with teens and young adults (13-24)–I LOATHE when people refer to the youth as KIDDOS. Bleh, makes me want to barf!!!
Post # 10
Ah work jargon… I hate when anyone uses the word ‘drive.’ Like, “we need to drive the issue to closure.”
Post # 11
i dont know why but I hate it!
Post # 12
I detest the word synergy and all its related words with all of my heart and soul. They’re so overused and no longer really mean anything. Definitely had a coworker that would not stop using any form of synergy. I’m not really in a ‘business’ type office though, so that’s pretty much the only buzzword that gets thrown around.
I also really hate when some of my coworkers call stoichiometry as dimensional analysis. No. Dimensional analysis is something much more complicated going between more indirect methods of conversions using relationships between variables. Stoichiometry is unit conversion. You are not analyzing any dimensions. You are literally going from grams to moles. Or liters to milliliters.
Pervnerv is anothing annoying one, because it just sounds like pervert. It’s what a couple of my coworkers say when they reference the ideal gas law (PV=nRT).