More bitsa business jargon – plenty of B’s

“B” is for “Big Apple” and “Big cheese” … but do you know the real meaning of “bust my chops,” “boil the ocean,” or even the humble “by the way?” The next in my new series

English Business Jargon demystified on HTWB

Do you know the REAL meaning of “bust my chops,” “boil the ocean,” or even the humble “by the way?”

Bad apple: if you know about horticulture you will know that one bad apple in a collection of good ones has the ability to make all the others rot in a short space of time. That’s how the metaphor works: one “bad apple,” e.g. a negative or disruptive member of a team, employee, supplier etc., or even an inappropriate policy within a project, can be enough to cause a lot of damage to the overall organisation or activity. The term may originate from religious sermons preached in the USA in the 19th century. [Read more…]

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