- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre (5 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444781839
- ISBN-13: 978-1444781830
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Who Touched Base in my Thought Shower?: A Treasury of Unbearable Office Jargon Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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A hilarious compendium, for fans of The Office and Eats, Shoots and Leaves, that rails against something that drives us all utterly mad: office jargon.
About the Author
Steven Poole is the author of the books You Aren't What You Eat, Unspeak, and Trigger Happy and a journalist, cultural critic, broadcaster, and composer for documentaries and short films, including the award-winning EVOL. He writes for the Guardian, Edge, the New Statesman and the Times Literary Supplement.
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It is also notable that some former word "stars" of the management lexicon have now fallen into disfavour. The concept of "downsizing" as a euphemism for sacking people is being gradually replaced by another ridiculous term. In April 2013 that financial horror story that is HSBC announced that it was "demising 3000 roles" In short it was sacking these poor souls. It also shows a trick borrowed from modern politicians to constantly disguise meaning and spin something that is completely negative into something that doesn't sound quite so bad. This short book is relentless and it is hoped that anybody who uses terms like "run it up the flagpole", "define the north star", "give it hands and feet", "take a helicopter view", "open the kimono", "come to Jesus moment" or "drink the kool-aid" will cease forthwith and reflect on the ridiculousness of it all. Sadly while a 2012 poll found that nearly three-quarters of British workers are irritated to point of madness by office jargon some 44% admitted to using it. As Patrick Gray a Forbes consultant ruefully reflected there is a thieves code in the corporate world, namely "that I'll use words that sound important but make no actual sense and give you the same privilege as long as you don't call me out on it" Steven Poole is rightly tired and weary of all this and advises that scorn is our best weapon. He is right so let us start by taking "key project deliverables" and sticking them up your managers "backfill". Whilst doing so reward Mr Poole for the effort and agony that he must have invested in writing this book and "cascade" some money into his coffers. Other examples that readers might have experienced when it comes to this managerial tripe would be warmly welcomed as comments.
You need this book on your desk! It creates a real talking point and can lighten the mood on any crappy day in the office.
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