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Posted: 28 March 2012 12:42 PM   [ Ignore ]
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In one job I was in a few people kept saying “...at the end of the day” so often I thought they almost needed a temporary ban on saying it. Although I guess it’s difficult to come up with alternate ways of saying things. But it I did get a bit sick of hearing it after a while.

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Posted: 28 March 2012 01:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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“Bear with me”
“With all due respect”
“pro-active”
“Touch base”
“at this moment on time”

 

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Posted: 28 March 2012 02:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I particularly hated “...at the end of the day”, especially because hearing other people say it made me realise how often I said it.

I also can’t stand people ending every sentence with “...you know what I mean?” or just “...know what I mean?”

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Posted: 28 March 2012 03:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Translations into everyday English, as learned from many hard years in corporate America:

“Bear with me” - 1. a warning that the following statement will be either factually incorrect, racist, ignorant, short sighted, or all of the above. Often mistaken for original thought.
“With all due respect” - 1. to show absolutely no respect for, 2. a polite way of implying the complete ignorance of the recipient
“pro-active” - 1. to do something unethical before someone else does, 2. to react to a past event by claiming it hasn’t happened yet
“Touch base” - 1. to spy on, 2. to impose my opinion on you
“at this moment on time” - 1. Now, as in “Where are we at this moment in time?” 2. Never: implied, as in “We are not funding your project at this moment in time.”, Forever, as in “We are suspending your financing at this moment in time.”

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Posted: 28 March 2012 05:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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oooo good Burkenhare!

The ONE I have always felt like puking when I hear it:  ‘It’s not personal, it’s just business”.....which of course means you have no value except as an exploitable business minion.

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Posted: 28 March 2012 06:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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How about “Sorry, you’re overqualified for this job,” meaning “We don’t want to hire you even though you need this job because: 1. You really are overqualified and we know as soon as you find a better job you’ll quit and we’ll have wasted all that time training you; or 2. You’re too close to retirement age.”  My mom hears that a lot and it really frustrates her.

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Posted: 28 March 2012 07:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Crafty Dragon - 28 March 2012 06:48 PM

How about “Sorry, you’re overqualified for this job,” meaning “We don’t want to hire you even though you need this job because: 1. You really are overqualified and we know as soon as you find a better job you’ll quit and we’ll have wasted all that time training you; or 2. You’re too close to retirement age.”  My mom hears that a lot and it really frustrates her.

She’s not the only one.  I started hearing this when I was in my mid 40s and it didn’t stop.  Finally I gave up and now just collect Social Security.  I did have some prospective employers tell me exactly what you’ve said.

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