Business jargon

“To downsize” is business-speak. It’s another way of saying “to reduce the size of a workforce” or, in very plain English, “to fire people”. As I’ve said earlier, I would try and avoid jargon and business-speak in international business. Write to inform rather than to impress.

More business jargon

When I first heard the phrase ‘touch base’ years ago, I had absolutely no idea what it meant. A girlfriend wanted to ‘touch base’ with me. I’ve heard it many times since then, and so it’s no longer new to me.

‘To touch base’ means ‘to make contact’ or ‘to talk to someone in order to find out how they are or what they think about something’. The term comes from baseball, as far as I know.

It’s a term that I wouldn’t use in international business. I’d rather say, “I’d love to get together with you and talk about …”.

Business jargon

Business jargon

Thinking out of the boxHave you ever heard people say, “We have to think outside the box”? This is a phrase I call “business jargon” or just “business-speak” and which I find annoying, because not everyone understands it.

Isn’t it so much easier to understand the following sentence?  “We need think differently, unconventionally or creatively (to solve a problem, for example).”