N O – or rather, yes! English business jargon starting with N and O

Are you the sort of person who would take a “no brainer” “on a go forward basis?” Or would you “nuke” the idea and say “not on my watch?” More business and general English jargon, this time from N to O.

More English business jargon demystified on HTWB - this time from N to O

It’s “not rocket science” to be “on the ball” if you wear an “old school tie…”

English business jargon starting with N to O

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J for jokes right through to M … English business jargon

Would you dare “let the cat out of the bag” or would you do better to “keep a stiff upper lip?” Or would you do some “key smashing” instead?

Business jargon by Suzan St Maur

Do you turn into a “junkyard dog” when a “johnny-come-lately” annoys you with some “jiggery-pokery?”

English business jargon from J to M

Jiggery-pokery: any slightly underhand or potentially suspicious, dishonest activity. A British term, this is said to be variant of the Scottish “joukery-pawkery” from the 19th century. [Read more…]

20 Business Terms Explained for Non-Native English Speakers, PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of this series on business terms explained for non-native English speakers, and here is another collection of 20 common words and phrases you’re likely to see in business and business studies.

(You will find direct links to the other articles in the series by scrolling down to the bottom of this article.)

HTWB E2L June 1-16 Here’s your 2nd set of 20 business terms to help you write better in English

Benchmark: comes from the engineering industry. It means a definite, reliable point from which to measure the growth or progress of a project or activity. [Read more…]

20 Common Business Terms Explained for Non-Native English Speakers, PART 1

English is hard enough if it’s not your first language … and its business jargon is even harder. In this series we look at some of the most commonly used terms and what they really mean … in plain English.

(For direct links to the other articles in this series, scroll down to the bottom of this article.)

Jargon

Want to write better for business in English? Here’s how

Analytics: a relatively new word for statistics. Usually refers to the statistics you get from systems that measure things like your website traffic, sales, clicks, etc [Read more…]

10 popular business buzzwords we love to hate

We all say we love to hate business buzzwords, clichés and jargon, but do we actually know why  we love to hate them?

10 popular business buzzwords we love to hate After all, words and phrases only become clichés because they are used a lot. Ostensibly, they fill a need to express a common thought we are all sharing at around the same time, so they actually they are useful.

However after a while some of them become toxic. And here are some thoughts about why that should be, in no particular order. For example… [Read more…]

Poetry in (pro)motion – Business Speak immortalised in verse

Here in leafy Milton Keynes, England, we not only have our own Poet Laureate, but also another hugely popular performance poet by the name of Steve Crawford. Steve makes my idea of multi-tasking look like a quiet nap in the sunshine…

To quote his Amazon page he has been a … ” Photographer, Door-to-Door Vacuum Cleaner Salesman, Retail Manager, Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, Shop Owner, IT Consultant, TV Director, Song Writer, Project Manager, Games Designer, Lead Creative Designer, Wedding Videographer, Project Leader, TV Cameraman, Film Director, Producer, Writer, Musician, Antique Dealer, Craftsman, Businessman… and now Poet.”

Poetry in (pro)motion - Business Speak immortalised in versePoetry

Steve Crawford, performance poet and multi-careerist extraordinaire

What all those amazing activities have done for Steve, apart from earning him a varied and colourful living, is to give him insight into a vast range of business and social environments which have provided him with inspiration for insightful, shrewd, clever and often very funny poems which he performs around the UK at arts festivals and other creative events.

Here is one of them, on the ridiculousness of business jargon … Business Speak, or lovingly nicknamed “BS.” Of course.  [Read more…]

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