Is that really what you mean?
Is that really what you mean? (And was this picture
Oooh - impressive
Do you use fancy words to make very little sound like
Do you think that using such words gives your product or
your efforts some sort of extra allure?
It doesn’t. It just makes you sound at best foolish and at
There are more things in heaven and
earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your …
When you talk about your company’s ―philosophy‖ or, in
a work context, your personal ―philosophy‖ you mean
something else, obviously.
If it really is your philosophy—if your philosophy really is
that narrow—then you are to be pitied.
Never use the word ―philosophy‖ in a work context
unless you wish to sound silly. Use a word that actually
means what you’re talking about, such as ―approach‖ or
Use with extreme caution …
―Strategy‖. You probably mean ―tactic‖ or ―approach‖ or
―plan‖ or suchlike.
The over-use in business of the word ―strategy‖ in order
to make not very much sound like something has
rendered the word almost unusable by normal human
beings who wish to be understood.
Never, ever, ever use …
This shouldn’t need any explanation, but at some point a
marketing department somewhere must have invented this
horrible misuse of the present participle of the verb to learn
(or the gerund derived therefrom), seemingly unaware of the
existence of the perfectly good word ―lessons‖.
Using the word ―learnings‖ makes you sound stupid.
Using the word ―lessons‖ makes you sound like a normal
Don’t be barbaric
Using horrible, clichéd business-ese makes you sound as
if you’re dancing to someone else’s tune – like a mindless
Moreover such barbarism makes you unintelligible, longwinded and boring – a waster of other people’s time.
Work is boring. Using concise language that means what
it’s supposed to is honest, shows respect for your fellow
human beings, and makes you both worth listening to in
the work place and worth knowing outside of it.