Workers warned to cut out jargon
Published 08/01/2010 | 09:13
Office workers have been urged to stop using jargon after a list of the most ridiculous business phrases was compiled, including "I'm coming into this with an open kimono" .
Recruitment firm Office Angels said workers across the UK were guilty of using jargon which it said was getting more bizarre every year.
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 "a lighthouse on a cloudy night" (coming up with a good/bright idea).
"I'm coming into this with an open kimono" means throwing an idea out but being open to criticism, and "let's not try to build a chestnut fence to keep the sand-dunes in" supposedly means to face a problem head on rather than battling it unsuccessfully.
"Let's run that idea up the flagpole and see if it flies" has even been used to mean simply trying out an idea.
David Clubb, managing director of Office Angels, said: "Trying to talk the talk isn't particularly productive and doesn't make you seem more professional.