Needless jargon in the workplace is baffling employees and widening the divide between management and staff, a survey suggests.
Investors in People said that the proliferation of phrases such as "blue-sky thinking" and "brain dump" was damaging to British industry.
About a third of the 3,000 workers polled said they felt inadequate when wordy terms were needlessly used.
Others believed bosses were being untrustworthy, or hiding something.
- Blue-sky thinking
- Get our ducks in a row
- Brain dump
- Think outside the box
- Joined-up thinking
- Drilling down
- Push the envelope
- The helicopter view
- Low-hanging fruit
Interestingly, the Investors in People survey found that the Scots are particularly exercised (Freedom!) about managerial blather:
A survey of Scottish workers found that more than half were fed up with bosses using management jargon with two-thirds preferring no jargon at all in the workplace.
- Scots: Am gonna redup noo an'gaw fera bevvy.
BBC: It's 5pm on Friday, and I'm going to clear my desk and get to the pub pronto.
- Scots: Yer erse is oot the windae.
BBC: You are unlikely to achieve the desired result with that kind of behaviour.
— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading