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Business English Exercise | Topic: Corporate Buzzwords/Jargon 2

Here's a collection of overused expressions heard a little too often around the office (sometimes referred to as "officespeak"). Some are more silly than others, but all are (unfortunately) still used. It's best to avoid this type of corporate office jargon as much as possible.


QUESTIONS:
(Choose the best response for each one)


1. Let's all meet and get our _______________________. ( = make sure we're well organized/ efficient)
  ducks in a row
  dogs in a row
  ducks in a lake

2. Paul, _______________________ me ( = contact me) next week about the sales report.
  pong
  ping
  pang

3. Well, that's a pretty good idea. Let's send it _______________________. ( = let's show it to upper management)
  up the flagpole
  up the river
  up the creek

4. _______________________ is the corporate way of saying "things that have to be done".
  Act items
  Action items
  Action things

5. The term "to _______________________" should not be used to mean "to go back to something" unless you're a cowboy.
  circle back
  go back
  circle back around

6. Presently, anyone who uses the word _______________________ to mean "enthusiastic", "active", etc., can easily become a laughing stock.
  reactive
  attractive
  proactive

7. In the modern business world, people aren't used, they're _______________________.
  leveraged
  leveled
  led-on

8. Actually, in many an office environment, people aren't even people anymore - they're _______________________.
  resourceful
  resources
  resonance

9. Let's put that in the _______________________ = Let's not worry about that right now
  parking
  garage
  parking lot

10. You have to take _______________________ of this process. ( = You are responsible for this process)
  ownership
  own
  a break

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