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03/09/2010

UK Poll Shows Despised Business Jargon


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The Daily Telegraph’s online article called “‘Thinking Outside the box’ is most despised business jargon” discusses results from a survey of 2,035 adults in the UK on what business language they found to be pointless. This is called “buffling”—using language that “does not say anything important or useful.” 

46 percent of employed respondents admitted that they buffle when they’re at home or with friends; and 20 percent responded that buffling would positively impact their careers.

The article identified the top 20 “buffling” business phrases. The first five were:

  • Thinking outside of the box
  • Touch base
  • At the end of the day
  • Going forward
  • All of it

Click here to view the other 15 “buffling” terms.

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