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Spotted at Forbes: Jargon Madness
Awesome. I’m honestly surprised by the winner. I would have expected ‘in the cloud’ to be up there.
What is this I don´t even
Need more “paradigm” and “dichotomy”.
Oh, so, so many that didn’t even make the tournament!
Anyone? I’ll start: “go-forward basis.”
My money was with “Open the Kimono”. Too bad.
Sports Illustrated has ‘In The Cloud’ ranked number 1 for next season. Prohibitive favorite for 2012-13…
How about “touch base”?
I can’t believe “iterate” didn’t make it.
They forgot about “10,000 foot view.”
Mangster it was based on twitter votee for which is the most annoying phrase.
Popular one at my previous company was “long pole in the tent.”
If you want hundreds and hundreds more, here you go:
I would expect best practices to go all the way. It’s the only one I use, so you know it’s especially pervasive.
I lost count how many times I heard “moving foward” today.
Too bad “Core Competency” had to face “Drinking the Kool-Aid” in the 2nd round.
Eh, “disruption” anyone?
“Think outside the box” would be my #1. Such a cliche it’s become an oxymoron
“Over the top”
Just as I imagined, 37signals went on sabbatical and the blog posts have come to a stop.
Hello - My comment is only tangentially on-topic, so hopefully you’ll indulge me - I just finished reading Rework, and I just wanted to write in and say how much I enjoyed it. You did a good job getting underneath and debunking lots of cliches, and the principles apply not just to business, but to art, life, the universe and everything. :)
First, I listened to the audio book, then, because I had heard wonderful things about Mike Rohde’s illustrations, I read the print book. Again, very enjoyable, and I really really appreciated the footnotes (for example, to the Crate and Barrel story, the article about Mary Kay Ash, and the link to Zingerman’s so I can order some Pasolivo olive oil of my very own!)
I’m not computer savvy at all, but I am a writer and I strive for simplicity in other areas of my life, which is why I enjoyed your book and why I read this blog. True principles apply to every experience.
The trouble with jargon is that it becomes meaningless through repetition, it’s a lazy way of talking so that you don’t need to think. I guy I used to work with had a great phrase every time there was a foul up “Right tent, wrong desert.” Just thought I would run that up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes it…
He is Filipino.
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