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Mobility Matters
Interesting, challenging, and surprising stats and finds around the globe
By Jon Ferguson

The Australian Plain English Foundation decides each year which individuals or
corporations deserve special mention for contorting "the English language to
avoid an unpalatable reality." Justin Milne, former chairman of the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation, took home top honors in 2018 for uttering the phrase
"external career development opportunities." What does that mean, you ask? He
used it when ordering an underling to sack a female journalist. When asked to
explain, he replied that it's "a silly corporate euphemism for firing her."
Source: smartcompany.com.au

A U.S. technology firm conducted a survey about office jargon and
examined how different generations of workers responded when asked
what words or phrases might actually make them look smarter among their
colleagues. Baby boomers favored the phrases "high-level overview" and
"run it up the flagpole"; Gen Xers were partial to "no-brainer" and "drill
down"; and millennials rallied around "take it offline" and "jump ship."
Source: summithosting.com

"Bio break," short for biological break, is an unfortunate term
that can sometimes be heard when a participant in a business
meeting needs to use the restroom. The phrase started
cropping up in the 1990s, with Wired magazine in 1994
defining it as a "techie euphemism for using the toilet."
Source: independent.co.uk

A blog in 2019 surveyed 1,000 people across different ages and locations in
the U.S. to gather information about office jargon. One of the questions it
asked focused on the worst language they had encountered in a job posting
that described the ideal candidate for a job. Leading the way was "badass,"
followed by "rockstar," "ninja," "superstar," "change agent," and "Sherpa."
Source: getresponse.com

The phrase "drinking the Kool-Aid" is deeply embedded in the lexicon of
corporate culture. Younger members of the culture, however, might not
know the phrase has a grim history that traces back to 1978, when cult
leader Jim Jones engineered a mass murder-suicide that killed more than
900 people who drank a grape-flavored concoction laced with cyanide.
Source: businessinsider.com

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