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Let's all touch base and end office jargon going forward

MANAGEMENT-speak has been dubbed a "pointless irritation" by office workers, with "going forward" and "thinking outside the box" the most offensive terms.

So if you don't want to annoy your colleagues, try replacing the 10 terms listed below with their real-world equivalents.

And office-ese is not limited to Ireland. Spanish workers have complained of over-use of "Es lo que es" ("It is what it is"), while the French say they cannot stand anglicisms such as "win-win", "next step" and the verb "brainstorming".

Ten infuriating office terms and their English equivalents:

1. "Reach out" – Call, email or meet

2. "Touch base" – Contact

3. "It's on my radar" – I'm aware

4. "Flag up" – Make aware of

5. "Low-hanging fruit" – An easily-achievable goal

6. "It's a win-win situation" – It's a good idea

7. "It's a no-brainer" – See above

8. "Best practice" – A good way of doing something

9. "I'll ping you an agenda" – I'll email you with what's happening

10. "Take it to the next level" – Improve (alternatively, avoid dealing with abstract "levels" altogether and give your colleagues a tangible goal).

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