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Office staff urged to bite the reality sandwich

Published 08/01/2010

Office workers were urged today to stop using jargon after a list of the most ridiculous business phrases was compiled, ranging from “biting the reality sandwich” to “touching base offline”.

Recruitment firm Office Angels said workers were guilty of using jargon which it said was getting more bizarre every year.

Workers now talked about feeling “stressurised” (a mixture of pressure and stress) and often wanted to “flag” problems.

Terms such as “singing from the same hymn sheet” have been in widespread use for some time, but Office Angels' list included some “ridiculous” phrases, such as:

  • We need the right pin numbers (we need it to work);
  • A lighthouse on a cloudy night (coming up with a bright idea);
  • I'm coming into this with an open kimono (throwing an idea out into the open but being open to criticism);
  • Let's touch base about this offline (let's meet up face-to-face);
  • I think someone needs a bite of the reality sandwich (someone needs to think a bit more practically);
  • Let's run that idea up the flagpole and see if it flies (simply trying out an idea);
  • Expecting the moon on a stick (when clients have ridiculous expectations).

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