Brit Bizspeak: The 50 most irritating office jargon terms

A study conducted by has revealed that using clichés and jargon like ‘results driven’ or ‘low hanging fruit’ will drive your co-workers into a frenzy of irritation.

A study conducted by also revealed that clichéd remarks like ‘results driven’ and ‘low hanging fruit’ drive workers into a frenzy of irritation. 

However, one staff member who took part in the survey admitted they just can’t help dropping hackneyed phrases into conversation despite ‘loathing’ it themselves.

Often the amount of irritating jargon I use goes up during important presentations and meetings,’ they confessed. 

‘As soon as my mouth opens I just can’t seem to hold back on clichéd phrases, and I always find myself thinking about how much of an idiot I must sound.’


1. Blue-sky thinking

2. Idea shower

3. To ‘action’ a project

4. Going forward

5. Brainstorm

6. Getting the ball rolling

7. Drill down

8. Out of the loop

9. Thinking outside the box

10. Touch base

11. Singing from the same hymn-sheet

12. Circle back

13. Strategic fit

14. Bottom line

15. Low hanging fruit

16. Win-win

17. Play hardball

18. Best practice

19. On my radar

20. Bench mark

21. Value added

22. To run an idea up the flagpole

23. Results driven

24. Revert

25. Game-plan

26. Hit the ground running

27. Customer centric

28. No ‘i’ in team

29. Back to the drawing-board

30. Re-inventing the wheel

31. Dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s

32. Action plan

33. Bells and whistles

34. Moving the goalposts

35. Back of the net

36. On the same page

37. Open door policy

38. To ‘ping’ an email

39. Kick a project into the long grass

40. Joined up thinking

41. Pick up and run with it

42. Streamline

43. Close of play

44. To take an idea or project ‘off piste’

45. Level playing field

46. Quick win

47. In the driving seat

48. No brainer

49. To ‘park’ a project

50. ASAP

Source: The 50 most irritating office jargon terms revealed

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