Having been in corporate America for a little under 2 years now, I am still a bit green to the business speak. Trying to determine what bandwidth means outside of the internet, and realizing that it can mean time as well was a bit confusing for me. Until I started interacting with clients, and actually using these terms, I guess I didn’t get it. I still don’t. Not fully anyway. My two favorite to speak of are “ping” and “low hanging fruit.” Ive learned to leverage these terms into my daily business vernacular.
Did I just use leverage right?
This is top of mind right now because of an article in the BBC News from June 16 that tackles all of this jargon. I guess the in the workplace, British English isn’t that far off.. Guess I should go toss that into the rubbish bin.
Keep reading for a few examples from the article, unless you decided to read thru the whole thing.
1. “When I worked for Verizon, I found the phrase going forward to be more sinister than annoying. When used by my boss – sorry, “team leader” – it was understood to mean that the topic of conversation was at an end and not be discussed again.”
Nima Nassefat, Vancouver, Canada
2. “My employers (top half of FTSE 100) recently informed staff that we are no longer allowed to use the phrase brain storm because it might have negative connotations associated with fits. We must now take idea showers. I think that says it all really.”
3. At my old company (a US multinational), anyone involved with a particular product was encouraged to be a product evangelist. And software users these days, so we hear, want to be platform atheists so that their computers will run programs from any manufacturer.”
Philip Lattimore, Thailand