“Touching Base” “Outside the Box” and Other Office Irritations
Actually, the Reuters list via Yahoo News is broken down into Top Ten Annoyances and Top Ten Annoying Phrases.
What surprised me about the biggest office annoyance
1. Grumpy or moody colleagues (37 percent)
is that it didn’t also include perky or cheerful collegues. In fact, such people don’t appear to have made the list at all. Were the grumpy people just too grumpy to speak up when the surveyor called?
And my favorite part: most annoying phrases. Top five below.
1. Thinking outside the box (21 percent)
2. Let’s touch base (20)
3. Blue sky thinking (19)
4. Blamestorming (16) (sitting down and working out whose fault something is)
5. Drill down to a more granular level (15) (Look into something in more detail)
(Another omission: how did “Shift the paradigm” get left off entirely?)