I know that everyone jokes about the idiotic and purposely hyper-syllabic jargon in the business world.

I’m on a conference call right now. RIGHT NOW.

A colleague was asked, in nicer language than that below:

“Did you do what you said you were going to do?”

And she responded in exactly the following words:

“To be honest, that fell off my radar.”

I love how bad that is, from the point of view of actually communicating anything real.

I love preceding the meat of the statement with a promise of honesty. And I love blaming the radar, or the item that “fell,” or maybe even gravity itself for pulling the item down.

And it’s radar. It’s not “my mind,” as in, “it slipped my mind.” Your mind is really your domain, but your radar? That’s not a personal thing. Hell, maybe your radar is broken. No one one blames you, or has you put away, for broken radar.

2 Responses to “Business-Speak”

  1. June 22, 2008 at 1:24 pm #

    Found this in the paper this morning:

  2. June 23, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    I had seen something about “thought showers,” but I thought it was a joke!

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