Buzzwords Smart People Won’t Say
When I grew up we said cool things like:
- Far Out: This is a souped-up version of cool.
- Boogie: Dancing.
- Right on: I agree.
- Dig, dig it, or can you dig it: I understand or do you understand.
- Groovy: Another word for cool only more cooler.
- Out of sight. Beyond cool, groovy, or far out.
- Psyche: I was joking. This is a serious post. Psyche!
Buzzwords smart people won’t say:
- New normal. (No comment.)
- Synergy. If you plan to work together say, “We’re working together.”
- Circle back. The translation of, “Let’s circle back on this,” is, I don’t want to talk about this, and I don’t plan to.
- Take this offline. Give me a break. We do everything online. The only thing you do offline is go to the restroom. Oops, I take it back. I bet you take your phone to the restroom. You’re never offline.
- Pivot. How important do we have to sound? The word is change or adjust. The only place to pivot is in a horror movie.
- Unprecedented. Nothing is unprecedented. Compared to the Spanish Flu, Covid is precedented.
- Think outside the box. Anyone who says, “Think outside the box,” isn’t groovy.
- Bandwidth. I don’t have enough bandwidth. You’d have more bandwidth if you stopped using stupid words.
- Deep Dive. I’ve used several of the expressions on this list. Thankfully, I haven’t stooped so low as to take a Deep Dive into ridiculous buzzwords.
- Thought leader. This one is a cousin to influencer. I’ve been asked if I’m a thought leader. I don’t know, I’ve never thought of referring to myself as a thought leader.
What’s the most annoying buzzword that should be retired?