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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: 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.

Buzzwords of the Week: Rightsizing and Rightshoring

You can't call layoffs downsizing anymore, and offshoring sounds just as bad to workers as "shipping your jobs to Asia." So what do you do when your euphemisms run out of juice? Replace them with better buzzwords, of course. And who could object to something so "right" as rightsizing or rightshoring?