Merry CORPmas!

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of corporate jargon.

Corporate speak tweet

I’m particularly not a fan of people using nouns as verbs, or verbs as nouns, in an attempt to… actually, I’m not exactly sure what they are attempting to achieve by doing this. Sound smart? Exclude people who aren’t part of their in-crowd from knowing what they are talking about? I mean, why would you say that you are “tasking someone with an ask” when you actually mean to say that you are “asking them to do a task”? I even recently heard someone repeatedly use the word “impacting” as an adjective! (“This can be an impacting strategy!”)1

So I totally laughed out loud when I saw this – a flow chart of the 12 Days of Corporate Christmas:

12 Days of Corporate Christmas

Special thanks to Drew from Words, Pictures, Humor for letting me post this on my blog!

  1. And don’t even get me started on the word “impact.” I know that it’s not technically incorrect to use the word “impact” as either a noun or a verb but ohfortheloveoftheFSM I hate it so much. So. Much. IMHO, it just comes across like people are trying to sounds smarter by using “impact” every five seconds. Can’t we just use “affect” and “effect,” please? []

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  • I like the word “functionality” — not that I ever use it myself. However, when I hear it escape the lips of someone else, I know that I am listening to ignorant noises with no redeeming value. It has saved me countless hours of time that might have otherwise been wasted listening to mediocre minds attempting to operate out of their depth.

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  • Seriously – that flow chart made me literally LOL. And as someone who just yesterday became an official Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, it also made me throw up in my mouth, just a little bit – because this is what I listen to all day, every day.


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  • @Demonweed – LOL!

    @Courtney – Congrats on leveling up to Black Belt! Does this mean we have to call you Sensei Courtney now?

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