Business jargon and slang: now for the right answers!

Seems you all need to work harder on your jargon and slang … no-one got them all right, so I am awarding first prize to the talented Yasmin Ali who scored highest with 9 out of 10! (Only #10 was wrong…) Full answers are below.

Winner of business slang quiz

Making polymer clay beads that Yasmin turns into beautiful, bespoke jewellery

Yasmin, founder of jewellery company Beadeze, is an incredibly talented jewellery designer working mainly with polymer clays, creating hand-made beads, pendants and other pieces to her own designs and also bespoke pieces to match wedding outfits, as bridesmaids’ jewellery gifts, and other special occasion work.

Business jargon quiz

She also shares her skills with people who want to learn this amazing craft and runs half-day workshops in England’s south-east Midlands area.

They are perfect if you want to de-stress … and come away with a bracelet made from your own hand-made beads.

Quiz about business jargon and slang

Yasmin Ali, who wins our first prize for knowing (nearly all!) her business jargon and slang…

You’ll find Yasmin’s details on Facebook, and also on her website.

Seems you all need to buy a copy of my new book in which the right answers appear…!

And the correct answers are:

1.Boil the ocean
a) Waste energy in professional catering by being over zealous with portioning
b) Overdo something, usually without there being a good reason to do so
c) Be paranoid about global warming and bore colleagues with excessive waste reduction

2.Continental seating
a) A way of setting out the seating in a theatre without a central aisle
b) Seats set out with extra cushioning in anticipation of a longer than normal meeting
c) Ergonomic seating that’s designed according to the dimensions typical of each of the main western European countries

a) Airline cabin crew slang for fat passengers who have difficulty in doing up their seat belts
b) Live fish which are nearly exhausted but still alive in boats while being transported to harbour
c) Utterly dismayed, shocked, surprised, etc.

4.Get go
a) The very beginning
b) To obtain permission to start a procedure
c) Horse racing slang for the canter to the start line before a race

a) Soccer slang for a backwards kick of the ball
b) To demote an employee without due consideration of their legal rights
c) A bribe

6.Lipstick index
a) A way of assessing the potential of a new product or range of products in the cosmetics industry
b) A rough-and-ready indicator used to assess the seriousness of an outbreak of cold sores
c) An economic indicator based on the theory that consumers turn to less expensive indulgences – like lipstick – when they feel less than confident about the future

7.One-trick pony
a) Equestrian slang for a pony or horse which is only good at one discipline, or sometimes if it is only good at one pace out of the three main ones
b) Derived from the British/Cockney rhyming slang term (pony and trap = crap) this describes a particularly poor effort at something
c) An individual or company that has been successful with only one product or service

8.Pack rat
a) A street gang member who has not yet passed their initiation process
b) Someone who hoards and keeps everything and can’t bear to throw anything away
c) An adolescent rat which still remains with its mother and siblings, before becoming a solo creature

a) Rebuilding or restructuring a product, usually with the aim of making it better and/or adding value to it
b) The process of duplication in manufacturing so that exact facsimiles are made of identical products
c) A quality control procedure that shadows a manufacturing process and checks its efficiency at all times

10.Walk the line
a) A test administered by police officers when questioning someone suspected of drink or drugs offences
b) To behave properly according to the rules and requirements
c) To follow an indicated path along corridors and other areas of a large building, e.g. hospital, office block

Now: that book of mine I mentioned?

English Business Jargon & Slang

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Get yours now and be ready for my next quiz!

Pssst … copies of this book will make good gifts

for that upcoming C-word, especially for your business contacts, clients and prospects.

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