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Let’s kick this office jargon into the long grass… - NEW COMMENTS

A new study has revealed the 50 most annoying phrases heard in UK offices.

Phrases like 'No 'I' in team', "ping an email' and "singing from the same hymn sheet" are among the most irritating work related soundbites heard around the office.

A spokesperson for Londonoffices.com said: "There's so much overuse of clichéd jargon and management speak used around offices now that it's almost beyond parody, 'circle back' is one which particularly yanks my chain.

"If used sparingly these phrases can help articulate what you're saying, but constant overuse can leave you sounding as though you've stolen your speech from David Brent."

Well here it is, the top 50 most annoying phrases. How many are you guilty of using?

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. To 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

Is there any office jargon that you hate that isn't on this list? Email mark@moosemarketingandpr.co.uk 

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Readers' comments:

Tony Kent: How about 'reaching out'? This makes my 'blood boil'.

Tony Sheppard: Other irritating Jargon imported from Radio and TV:

1 At the top of the hour (is there a bottom of the hour?)

2 Up next (why not just, 'next'?)

3 Coming Up (about to regurgitate?)

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