tom moody

m.po list of banal phrases (2017 update)

Last year, reader m.po sent a "curmudgeonly and William Safire-ish" list of words & phrases from the depths of officespeak and millennial-by-way-of-advertising-speak.
Here's the original list; below are new phrases added in the past 12 months.

It's hard not to use these words on a regular basis. Many are just linguistic shortcuts, skid-greasers, and ice-breakers but that doesn't mean they aren't a blight on speech.
m.po says "I started keeping the list [of phrases] so I could make damn sure never to repeat any even as their cretinous lure was upon me, like $2000 'cash back' or a box of chicken mcnuggets (I’m lovin it)... a lot of these are the linguistic equivalent of a fist bump."

because…(noun), e.g. because…football
impactful
chicken and egg problem
bring to the table
team player
new normal
win-win
outside the box
no brainer
... much?
good luck with that
feature not a bug
vacay
staycation
wassup
off the hook
that’s money
FOMO
its what we do (or its what you do)
any variation on "owning it"
sked, or worse, skedded
pivot
black swan
perfect storm
facing headwinds
tipping point
tail risk
wake-up call
an "aha" moment
data driven
loaded for bear
living the dream
optics
takedown
natch
tuck into (e.g. she tucked into a salad of roasted beets and cornichons)
bingeworthy, bingeable
relatable
backstory
...forward (fashion-, malt-, dog-)

- tom moody

February 2nd, 2017 at 2:21 pm

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