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tom sherman / June 22, 2008 11:44 PM

Inbox zero

Brad / June 23, 2008 7:11 AM

New Media

p / June 23, 2008 8:40 AM

certainly not "totes."


industry. i.e. "get some industry, bro?"

t / June 23, 2008 8:58 AM

"It is what it is"-- This is just a lame excuse for not providing a full explanation of the situation at hand.

"Not so much"-- what?

"You had me at..."--lame

annie / June 23, 2008 9:06 AM

these are not new, but still very annoying:

Circle Back
Shoot me an e-mail
Hell to the Yeah
touch base
and the one that is the most annoying is any reference to how Green products and people are. ugh.

mike / June 23, 2008 9:31 AM

"let's noodle on that"
"let's discuss this offline"
I second "mashup"

jen / June 23, 2008 9:40 AM

"nast" short for nasty.

"_____ is the new black." - lately i've heard a lot of green is the new black, as annie mentioned.

"my bad" - your bad what? judgement? your bad for missing a verb there, buddy.

"i know, right?" - you know what? the statement i just said does not warrant a question.

i'm sure there are lots more, but it's still really early on a monday for my brain to be functioning properly.

Gaigen / June 23, 2008 10:00 AM

"I'm all over that"

"Show some love" - no, thank you

"I'm all about the (fill in the blank)"

Sean Marshall / June 23, 2008 10:18 AM

"begs the quetsion" used incorrectly


"wordsmith" (as a verb)

"I loves me some _____"

zoenotcool / June 23, 2008 10:19 AM

ain't it?

mare / June 23, 2008 10:22 AM


i agree a lot of these other ones are annoying, but i'm also guilty of using them euphemistically. for instance, "I just wanted to circle back with you..." Translation: "I'm calling you for the third time because I really need your business and you didn't call me back last week."

mare / June 23, 2008 10:23 AM

annie, you are so right on!

I am tired of the media telling me how "green" I have to be. Target selling "Go Green" t-shirts is wayyy too excessive--and annoying.

bethernet / June 23, 2008 10:41 AM


Gaigen / June 23, 2008 10:58 AM

Oh, and "poke" as in some sort of Facebook move I think, though I'm not exactly sure of what it is. I heard one person talk about then and then heard it 50 more times.

Oh, hell, let's just say "Facebook" and be done with it.

amyc / June 23, 2008 11:09 AM

"Out of pocket" used as a synonym for being unreachable, as in: "I'm going to be out-of-pocket all day because of meetings."

That one drives me up the fucking wall with its meaninglessness. "Out of pocket" refers to insurance costs and NOTHING ELSE! Idiots. Grr.

Also, another vote for "I know, right?"

spence / June 23, 2008 11:12 AM

synergy. I cringe every time a co-worker uses it.

Josh / June 23, 2008 11:17 AM

My condolences to Annie and anyone else who have to endure phrases like "Hell To The Yeah". I didn't know what a "bio-break" was until now.

Again, I'm grateful for all my college dropout friends and their constant F-words.

Sara / June 23, 2008 11:19 AM

I love a good portmanteau, but "webisode" makes me cringe every time I hear it.

Kelly / June 23, 2008 11:53 AM

Sexy in reference to almost anything. Hell, I once heard a CPS grammar school principal refer to the curriculum that we were proposing as sexy.

O RLY? (no that one doesn't get old)

Alison / June 23, 2008 11:58 AM

With all the writing, blogging, and what-having taking place the internet, I hate how everyone on every blog's comment section "covets," "swoons" or "cringes" over things. So picky-picky I know. But can we have a some new verbs already?!?

I also really hate it when people tell me to "loop them in" or "keep them in the loop" about things.

Blerg...that's my new thing these days.

cletus warhol / June 23, 2008 12:18 PM

I know there are more that I can't think of right now, but the one that leaps to mind is "at the end of the day."

Combine it with t's suggestion to form an annoying buzzphrase supercluster, "At the end of the day, it is what it is."

This thread is actually a fitting memorial to the passing of legendary language curmudgeon, George Carlin.

Red / June 23, 2008 12:50 PM

"Having said that..."

jennifer / June 23, 2008 2:11 PM

This isn't a new buzzword, but I cringe every time I hear someone use the word "utilize." There is never a time when the simple and classic "use" isn't a better option.

Michelle / June 23, 2008 3:16 PM

Grow, used as a transitive verb, drives me batty. For example:

"My boss wants to grow the company in the next year, so synergize your resume and stay in the loop or you'll be totally out of pocket next year."

It's wrong! You don't grow something, unless it's hair, or maybe a garden.

Stupid business people.

holden / June 23, 2008 4:12 PM

Funny, the BBC just had a funny piece on this same topic a week ago.

I can't stand "quick and dirty" as in, we don't need it to be exact just put together something quick and dirty.

Even though (or maybe because) I love sports and have played them all my life, I hate sports lingo in the corporate usage.

We need to knock this one out of the park.
I'm going to have to punt on this proposal.
We may not reach goal but we've got to be swinging for the fences (could be replaced with 'going down swinging.)
Let's make sure we've got all our bases covered before we go forward.

jennifer / June 23, 2008 4:29 PM

don't know that this is something 'new' or if it is even a 'buzzword.' but my old boss at my really awful, can't believe I worked there for 2.5 years job always wanted us project managers to have meetings with him to 'mindmeld.'

if I ever melded my mind with that man's, I'd be worse off for years to come.

kate / June 23, 2008 4:38 PM


Laney / June 23, 2008 6:28 PM

"Wrap my head around" or "Wrap my brain around"
It's terrible! Every time I hear someone say that, I can't help but think about how trite and annoying they must be.

I also despise that everything has become an acronym.

Steven / June 23, 2008 7:31 PM

I work at an investment bank so I see this BS all day long:
"synergistic opportunities"
"human capital space"
"fireside chat"
and so many, many others... my brain hurts.

Andrew / June 23, 2008 11:27 PM

If everything that people supposedly "throw under the bus" actually were, there would be a whole lot of buses with flat tires right now.

Spook / June 24, 2008 9:38 AM



"A buddy of mine"


"right on"

Loadzone / June 24, 2008 10:21 AM

Buzzwords or Catch Phrases that make me cringe:
"Finish the Short-strokes"

my own personal jury is still out on:
"Let's keep the Rolls Royce in the garage and give them the chevy."

Finally, the one I hope never catches on because I love its absurdity:

"boil the ocean"

jennifer / June 24, 2008 10:29 AM

"green", "greening", "going green", etc. really drive me nuts. same goes for "carbon footprint".

Janaynay / June 24, 2008 10:32 AM

Maybe this is just because I fear my boss may be autistic, but he can't say a sentence without using "definately" at least twice. Annoying because it sounds like "deffinly"

Lola / June 24, 2008 11:09 AM

My boss uses the phrase 'low hanging fruit' to explain prioritizing work.

To think 'out of the box'.

To 'touch base' with someone.

annie / June 24, 2008 11:59 AM

I thought of another one and the first time I heard it on a commercial I thought I heard it wrong, but I've seen the same commercial a few times now and the word is Organify as in Organify your life. awful.

Hop / June 24, 2008 3:00 PM


I use it all the time and even I want to stab myself.

Staci / June 24, 2008 3:33 PM

I have to agree with the above people who listed "my bad" and "utilize." I'm an editor and strike "utilize" every chance I get.

I also hate "back in the day." I keep hearing people say "back in the day" when referencing something from 2 years or so ago. Very annoying.

Anon / June 24, 2008 4:52 PM

Buzzword phrases that make me wanna hurl:
"Do I have to add this to my worry list?"

"Put your brilliant minds together," said when asked to do something menial, like take out the trash, or when the person doesn't care how you do it, just do it. F you.

Groovy. It's old, still sucks.

I second "my bad."

m / June 24, 2008 6:51 PM


fluffy / June 24, 2008 6:58 PM

"asshat" really bugs me. I also dont like when people use "conceptual" to describe everything they can't describe.
Also "reach out" as in "why don't you reach out to Mary if you have any questions". Also when people add the letter 's' to verbs like "I loves me some sausage" or "I gots to go". I could go on, but I won't. Actually, this stuff doesn't bother me too much.

p / June 24, 2008 7:17 PM

" 'ppreciate you " has replaced "thanks. i appreciate it." for some people and the insincerity of it makes me want to punch them in the mouth.

also: "have a blessed day" yourself fuckface.

jen / June 25, 2008 9:24 AM

hahahaha, p - right on re "have a blessed day". why do we need to bring god into this?? i never tell anyone "have a godless day!"

Jill / June 25, 2008 1:07 PM

Wow--I blogged about this earlier this week. My new least-favorite word?


(short for "naturally")

Now that I've quit the day job at the consulting firm, I'm no longer inundated by people "reaching out" to me to help them "leverage synergies" in some data. I feel almost human again.

mike-ts / June 25, 2008 3:13 PM

1) Literally - when the word is used to describe something that really is figuratively, i.e. He literally had his head up his *** to suggest that."

2) Yup, carbon footprint.

3) I don't mean to be [disrespectful, arrogant, racist, insulting, etc.] ..., then finishing the sentence with something that is nothing but that.

4) [Canned response] Your call is important ... Oh yeah? Then why did I go through seven menu choices to get to 20 minutes of hold music to get told to call another number for my particular problem?

5) I'll second thrown under the bus. It's a cutesy phrase for an ugly thing. Betrayed sounds like the ugly thing that it is. Forsaken and abandoned will work, too. After all, it is what it is.

Janaynay / June 26, 2008 1:29 PM

I second Fluffy. I cringe when I hear "reach out to." I get this mental picture of me standing on my tip toes and trying to reach something on the top shelf.

The word "call" or "contact" work just as well.

irisheyes1212 / June 27, 2008 2:53 PM

Spook wrote: "foodie"


"A buddy of mine"


"right on"

Oh man, I hope you never talk to me in a bar *blush*

irisheyes1212 / June 27, 2008 3:10 PM

I hate to admit but I had to look a lot of this stuff up.
And I hate to admit that I fucked up the italics in my previous post.

pjneedster / July 1, 2008 4:22 PM

As I was researching for our buzzword bingo I stumbled upon this site.

I nominate "bottom line" as one of the most odious buzzwords which continually annoys the hell out of me.

steven / July 6, 2008 11:17 AM

"Whatevs" bugs me. Or, "what's the haps?" instead of "What's goin on?"

erin / July 9, 2008 3:10 PM

I, too, hate "wrap my head around that" and "noodle it over." So I choose to be inappropriate and combine the two. "I'd like some time to wrap my noodle around that."

Bill / September 15, 2010 2:09 PM

This month, I am sick of both "I am going to reach out" and "we must eat our own dog food" and "I will be sure to circle back"

IhateThisshiiiiiit / December 8, 2010 3:42 AM

has been overused since the windows phone commercials.

State a command or idea followed by "mYea?"
See tv show "destination Truth" for example-Not so common but reaaaly stupid.

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