Business Language Dictionary

Your Business Jargon Dictionary

Ever wondered about all these buzzwords in meetings, emails, memos, ... ? - you found your place!

Ever wondered about all these buzzwords in meetings, emails, memos, ... ?

Over here we want to collect them, look behind the scenes, explain them, discuss about them and finally bust them!

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C-level

by Infinity May.2014

An overview of C-level titles can be found at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-Suite


Why this site at all?

by Infinity May.2014

This was the first question I asked myself when going to setup this website.

While working in various functions within the business and beeing a non-native speaker of english and also a non-native business person (technical guy) there have been a lot of things to learn. Basically it was pretty hard what some terms meant and even hard to know what they really mean. Therefore I figured out quite some stuff myself and thought it might be an…

downsize

by Infinity May.2014


Slideshare: Impact of downsizing


low-hanging fruit

by Infinity May.2014

Financial adviser interview question:
Tell us about your "low hanging fruit". The people close to you who you can immediately get as clients.


low-hanging fruit

by Infinity May.2014

By the way, you can call it LHF as well. Sounds way more professional.

think outside the box

by Infinity May.2014

A nice presentation about concepts which gives you some ideas to do this famous "out-of-the-box" thinking:
Slideshare: How to think outside the box



value-add

by Infinity May.2014

In 2009 it was one of the 15 buzzwords the Inc. magazine promoted to be one of the terms they don't want to hear any more:
The Good The Bad and the Ugly

conference call

by Infinity May.2014

A great example how real life conference calls work:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQ





C-level

by Infinity May.2014

An overview of C-level titles can be found at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-Suite


low-hanging fruit

by Infinity May.2014

Financial adviser interview question:
Tell us about your "low hanging fruit". The people close to you who you can immediately get as clients.


value-add

by Infinity May.2014

In 2009 it was one of the 15 buzzwords the Inc. magazine promoted to be one of the terms they don't want to hear any more:
The Good The Bad and the Ugly

Why this site at all?

by Infinity May.2014

This was the first question I asked myself when going to setup this website.

While working in various functions within the business and beeing a non-native speaker of english and also a non-native business person (technical guy) there have been a lot of things to learn. Basically it was pretty hard what some terms meant and even hard to know what they really mean. Therefore I figured out quite some stuff myself and thought it might be an…

low-hanging fruit

by Infinity May.2014

By the way, you can call it LHF as well. Sounds way more professional.

conference call

by Infinity May.2014

A great example how real life conference calls work:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQ



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Corporate jargon, also known as corporate speak, corporate lingo, business speak, business jargon, management speak, workplace jargon, or commercialese, is the jargon often used in large corporations, bureaucracies, and similar workplaces. It may be characterised by sometimes-unwieldy elaborations of common English phrases, acting to conceal the real meaning of what is being said. It is contrasted with plain English.

The tone is associated with managers of large corporations, business management consultants, and occasionally government. Reference to such jargon is typically derogatory, implying the use of long, complicated, or obscure words, abbreviations, euphemisms, and acronyms. For that reason some of its forms may be considered as an argot. Some of these words may be actually new inventions, designed purely to fit the specialized meaning of a situation or even to "spin" negative situations as positive situations.

Marketing speak is a related label for wording styles used to promote a product or service to a wide audience by seeking to create the impression that the vendors of the service possess a high level of sophistication, skill, and technical knowledge. Such language is often used in marketing press releases, advertising copy, and prepared statements read by executives and politicians. Marketing speak is characterized by its heavy use of buzzwords, neologisms, and terms appropriated from specialized technical fields which are eventually rendered almost meaningless through heavy repeated use in inappropriate contexts. [Wikipedia about Corporate_jargon]