What everyday business phrases irritate you most? Here are ten that we’ve probably all heard too often.
Oxford University Press recently compiled a list of the top ten irritating phrases often found in emails and in business writing.
While there are plenty of other phrases you need to avoid using, these represent a good start.
- At the end of the day
- Fairly unique
- I personally
- At this moment in time
- With all due respect
- It’s a nightmare
- Shouldn’t of
- Reach out
In meetings, one-time ‘fashionable’ phrases such as ‘thinking outside the box’, ‘low-hanging fruit’ and ‘it’s on my radar’ are now almost guaranteed to produce a shudder. More recently, phrases like ‘let’s throw a thought grenade at that problem’ or ‘can we build a carpark at the bottom of the page for that idea’ have been rearing their heads. What’s the one phrase that annoys you the most?
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