15 Cliche Business Phrases That Are Really Annoying

Flight of the Concords Guys Looking Very Annoying as they spout cliche business buzz words
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Admit it, sometimes you catch yourself spouting canned business clichés in a feeble attempt to look smart and buttoned up. We all do. Sometimes it’s harmless. Sometimes it’s downright excruciating for listeners on the receiving end of the buzz phrases.

This article is intended to be laughable while hitting on some chords of truth. If you say one or several of these phrases, it doesn’t imply you’re a bad person, it just slightly increases the chances that you might be.


The original, most overused and annoying business that started it all. If your boss says something like “let’s take a more proactive approach, ok Bill?” it probably means you need more coffee. It could also mean “I have no idea what we should be doing, so let’s do it proactively.”

Let’s parking lot that

But Joni Mitchell, why would you want to pave paradise? The real translation is something like: “I’ve never wanted to avoid someone’s question this much, ever, so I’m going to write it down and put it over here so it goes away.”

Does that make sense?

“The launch was a failure and the root cause is shrouded in mystery. We need a SWOT analysis and at least four graphs a.s.a.p. Does that make sense?”