jargon

Buzzword of the Week: Bringing the 'Pain Point'

In its most simple interpretation, a "pain point" is exactly what it sounds like: something so unpleasant that one is likely to try hard to avoid it or fix it. But buzzwords sometimes shift meanings, and for some boardroom jargon-slingers, pain point now means something very different.

Buzzword of the Week: Talking in Circles

In business jargon, it seems like round has come back around. We're hearing a resurgence of the defense-minded phrase "circling the wagons," as well as the extremely slippery phrase "circle back," which changes its meaning completely depending on who is saying it.

Buzzword of the Week: Kicking the Bucketize

Bucketize may not be the most odious piece of business jargon to hit the scene in the past decade, but in its short life, it has earned a barrel-full of derision for being one of the most pointless. There's just no need for another synonym for categorizing, sorting or organizing.

Buzzword of the Week: Open Kimono

As political correctness gets ever more pervasive, business jargon is one of the last bastions of old-fashioned, rough and tumble crudity. Little surprise, then, that boardroom buzzwords sometimes veer into racism, sexism, or -- in the case of "open kimono" -- a combination of the two.

Buzzword of the Week: Double Down

Corporate buzzwords tend to come in and out of style, their popularity waxing and waning with the rise and fall of new management strategies and boardroom wordsmiths. The latest hot term has moved from the world of gambling to the management suite and beyond.

The Decade's Worst New Business Terms

In the past decade, tortured words and phrases in business communication blossomed. The list of jargon is long and lackluster: jump the shark, it is what it is, meta, there's no there there, [blank] is the new [blank], no worries, verticals, the new normal. Here's a run-through of the bottom of the buzzword barrel.