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Clichéd business jargon that everyone should stop using

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Hated business terms

Every office worker knows at least one bit of clichéd business-speak that they would be happy to never hear again. These include "think outside the box" or "paradigm shift" which, one assumes, are terms meant to make the speaker appear visionary or inspirational.

Heddi Cundle, founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based travel gift card company MyTab, has such a term that she loathes —"go big or go home." She hates it so much, in fact, that her employees are forbidden to use it, and she keeps a snappy retort on hand for anyone unfortunate enough to utter it within earshot.

"I tell them to cough up funding so we can go big," she said. "If they balk at this, I usually tell them to go home."

Members of the business community were asked if there were any other sayings they hear around the boardroom (or the water cooler or the neighboring desk) that they found particularly egregious. They were only too happy to chime in, and e-mail inboxes overflowed with responses.

Read ahead and find out what they had to say, and what you should never say around them.

—By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 8 April 2014

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