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    • Working in tech companies, I've often wondered how we came to talk like this (image : Vulture)

      I shrugged and thought hmmm, they make it sound like you know what you're talking about when you don't have something specific to say.

      Where it really gets me is in insanely important fields, like nutrition and climate change, and we hear a barrage of terms like carbs. It's a rare person who has a clear idea of what that word stands for. I sometimes wonder if words like that are chosen to confuse.

      It seems like in the most basic of sciences, which should be the clearest, have the most ill-define phrases. Vaccine injury. Carbon footprint.

      Do you have phrases that make you crazy or is it just me? I know Shewmaker does. 🙂 Also, stock photos where everyone has a fake smile!

    • I have. All of them :)

      One of the symptoms of the craziness that led WeWork to implode was that with time, all of their internal comms turned to that babble. It was intolerable.

    • What baffles me especially is that The Cluetrain Manifesto, which is exactly about this, was posted on the Web in 1999, and for a time appeared to gain much traction. But the same stuff it was railing against is now super widespread :/

    • Sadly, a lot of people use fancy sounding jargon to evade the fact that they really don't know what they're talking about. If you know what you're talking about, you clearly explain things and nobody has to wonder what the hell is going on. LOL

    • You can't have importance without meaning. That's why I'm being perplexed by the trend of people wilfully abandoning meaning. Turning themselves into Exaybachay, ones who talk loud saying nothing.

    • I see quite often tendency to twist reality, being used in various places, for various reasons. I think deviating from our "Natural ways of being" has rapidly evolved over last decades of society evolution, and today has become the "Art du jour" since it's now a commonly accepted practice. I blame social media for facilitating this plague.

    • Actually, in Aus we have a commonly played game called "Word-wanker Bingo".

      There are bonus points awarded in a meeting for catching anyone (The 'Wanker' - usually a consultant) saying words like 'paradigm' or phrases like 'moving the goalposts' etc etc etc.

      The associated derision - public or private - is quite effective at keeping it real.

    • Here are some rules I found online:


      How to play:

      Simply tick off 5 Wank Words as they are mentioned in one meeting and shout out BINGO! It’s that easy!

      SYNERGIES
      TAKE THAT OFFLINE
      STRATEGIC FIT
      AT THE END OF THE DAY
      GAP ANALYSIS
      BEST PRACTICE
      BOTTOM LINE
      CORE BUSINESS
      LESSONS LEARNT
      TOUCH BASE
      REVISIT
      GAME PLAN
      BANDWIDTH
      HARDBALL
      SHOW STOPPERS
      THE FULL 9 YARDS
      BENCH MARKING
      BIG PICTURE
      VALUE ADDING
      MOVERS & SHAKERS
      BALL PARK
      PROACTIVE NOT REACTIVE
      WIN WIN SITUATION
      THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
      FAST TRACK
      RUN IT UP THE FLAGPOLE
      EMPOWER EMPLOYEES
      MOVE GOAL POSTS
      BREAD & BUTTER
      RESULTS DRIVEN
      SLIPPERY SLIDE
      TICKS IN BOXES
      MINDSET
      KNOCK ON EFFECT
      PUT THIS ONE TO BED
      NO BLAME

      TESTIMONIALS FROM OTHER PLAYERS:
      “I had only been in the meeting 5 minutes when I yelled BINGO”
      “My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically”
      “It’s a breeze, meetings will never be the same for me after my first outright win”
      “The atmosphere was tense at the last process workshop as 32 of us listened intently for the elusive fifth”
      “The facilitator was gobsmacked as we all screamed bingo for the third time in 2 hours”
      “People are even listening to mumblers thanks to WANKwords”
      “You could have cut the atmosphere with a cricket stump as we waited for the fifth delivery”

    • No no - you don't need discretion at all - or feel the need to play it quietly with co-conspirators.

      Just loudly yell out Bingo! and everyone will love you for it and see the funny side. Try it next meeting - your Boss with think it's hilarious - particularly if he's spent thousands on a Consultant.

    • I found this interesting, and fairly accurate as far as society ways of processing identities of a persona, and expectations for success

    • Wow that’s awesome!! The Netflix version is incredible too. It’s considered one of the most influential documents in Silicon Valley history.

    • I used to work for an Aussie outfit, and we played this a lot in meetings with hedge funds and such like, comparing scorecards as we walked back to the office.

      We had a lot of pretty high-scoring games I can tell you...

    • I oh so love the soundtrack: Neil Young, guitar, organ and Harley Davidson. Perfect for a solitary night drive... Just thinking about it makes me want to jump in a car and go somewhere. :-)

    • Hey now, "paradigm" has been around for over a century. It's true that it started being used more frequently about a decade after the end of World War II but it is not simply a "wank" word.

      I had a HS teacher in the mid-1970s who was infamous for using the phrase "frame of reference" quite often. Now, there's a wanky phrase one doesn't hear every day.

    • How about the omnipresent phrase "we are where we are".......perfect for those with literally nothing else to contribute but nevertheless having a profound need to say something.