Business Language Dictionary

Your Business Jargon Dictionary

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B

bring to the table

by Infinity May.2014

The things which are contributed to a group or partner.

Nice example:
"We're talking about what students bring to the table and executing a strategy," she says.

W

win-win

by Infinity May.2014

Usually a win-win situation refers to a situation where both parties get benefits.

It is designed in a way that all participants can profit from it in one way or the other.

In conflict resolution, a win-win strategy is a conflict resolution process that aims to accommodate all disputants, not necessarily through someone else's loss.

T

think outside the box

by Infinity May.2014

Thinking outside the box (also thinking out of the box or thinking beyond the box) is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking.

The catchphrase, or cliché, has become widely used in business environments, especially by management consultants and executive coaches, and has been referenced in a number of advertising slogans. To think…

A

asap

by Infinity May.2014

As soon as possible

Typically everything should be done asap. To make sure it is done even sooner just use ASAP.

F

fyi

by Infinity May.2014

For your information

V

value-add

by Infinity May.2014

Value added refers to some "extra" features of an item/product/service/person/ etc. that go beyond the standard expectations and provide something "more" while adding little or nothing to its cost.

Value-added features give competitive edges to companies with otherwise more expensive products.

S

synergy

by Infinity May.2014

By definition synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.

In business it typically is used to express the hope that somethings gets better by adding/buying/integrating some other stuff just to realize later on that there have been no synergies - or even worse.

A

afaik

by Infinity May.2014

as-far-as-I-know

Basically you just want to make a statement but have no idea about what you are talking. So it is never wrong to mention "as far as I know".

B

bangalored

by Infinity May.2014

Been fired after the position was transferred to India or an offshore company in general.

B

ballpark

by Infinity May.2014

An estimate or approximate numerical number. Typically this is just to get a rough estimate about some figures.

If someone requests a ballpark quote he just wants to get a rough estimate about the price but assumes that later on it just can get cheaper.


A

at the end of the day

by Infinity May.2014

Someone wants to sum up what was said and wants to highlight the important part. At the end of the day it is mainly that you mean "Yes, I understood completely what you are saying BUT the important part is this ..."

R

RFP

by Infinity May.2014

Request for proposal

Solicitation made by an agency or company interested in procurement of a commodity, service or valuable asset, to potential suppliers to submit business proposals.

The RFP process brings structure to the procurement decision and is meant to allow the risks and benefits to be identified clearly up front.

The RFP presents preliminary requirements for the commodity or service, and may dictate to varying degrees the exact…

C

conference call

by Infinity May.2014

A conference call - or confcall, like business guys prefer - is a telephone call or multimedia conversation in which the calling party wishes to have more than one called party listen in to the audio/video portion of the call.

Conference calls can be designed so that the calling party calls the other participants and adds them to the call; however, participants are usually able to call into the conference call themselves by dialing a…

B

business

by Infinity May.2014

A business is an organization involved in the trade of goods and services to consumers. Businesses are prevalent in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and provide goods and services to customers in exchange of other goods, services, or money. A business owned by multiple individuals may be referred to as a company.

The word "business" stems from the idea of being busy, and implies socially valuable and rewarding…



B

bring to the table

by Infinity May.2014

The things which are contributed to a group or partner.

Nice example:
"We're talking about what students bring to the table and executing a strategy," she says.

A

asap

by Infinity May.2014

As soon as possible

Typically everything should be done asap. To make sure it is done even sooner just use ASAP.

S

synergy

by Infinity May.2014

By definition synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.

In business it typically is used to express the hope that somethings gets better by adding/buying/integrating some other stuff just to realize later on that there have been no synergies - or even worse.

B

ballpark

by Infinity May.2014

An estimate or approximate numerical number. Typically this is just to get a rough estimate about some figures.

If someone requests a ballpark quote he just wants to get a rough estimate about the price but assumes that later on it just can get cheaper.


C

conference call

by Infinity May.2014

A conference call - or confcall, like business guys prefer - is a telephone call or multimedia conversation in which the calling party wishes to have more than one called party listen in to the audio/video portion of the call.

Conference calls can be designed so that the calling party calls the other participants and adds them to the call; however, participants are usually able to call into the conference call themselves by dialing a…

W

win-win

by Infinity May.2014

Usually a win-win situation refers to a situation where both parties get benefits.

It is designed in a way that all participants can profit from it in one way or the other.

In conflict resolution, a win-win strategy is a conflict resolution process that aims to accommodate all disputants, not necessarily through someone else's loss.

F

fyi

by Infinity May.2014

For your information

A

afaik

by Infinity May.2014

as-far-as-I-know

Basically you just want to make a statement but have no idea about what you are talking. So it is never wrong to mention "as far as I know".

A

at the end of the day

by Infinity May.2014

Someone wants to sum up what was said and wants to highlight the important part. At the end of the day it is mainly that you mean "Yes, I understood completely what you are saying BUT the important part is this ..."

B

business

by Infinity May.2014

A business is an organization involved in the trade of goods and services to consumers. Businesses are prevalent in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and provide goods and services to customers in exchange of other goods, services, or money. A business owned by multiple individuals may be referred to as a company.

The word "business" stems from the idea of being busy, and implies socially valuable and rewarding…

T

think outside the box

by Infinity May.2014

Thinking outside the box (also thinking out of the box or thinking beyond the box) is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking.

The catchphrase, or cliché, has become widely used in business environments, especially by management consultants and executive coaches, and has been referenced in a number of advertising slogans. To think…

V

value-add

by Infinity May.2014

Value added refers to some "extra" features of an item/product/service/person/ etc. that go beyond the standard expectations and provide something "more" while adding little or nothing to its cost.

Value-added features give competitive edges to companies with otherwise more expensive products.

B

bangalored

by Infinity May.2014

Been fired after the position was transferred to India or an offshore company in general.

R

RFP

by Infinity May.2014

Request for proposal

Solicitation made by an agency or company interested in procurement of a commodity, service or valuable asset, to potential suppliers to submit business proposals.

The RFP process brings structure to the procurement decision and is meant to allow the risks and benefits to be identified clearly up front.

The RFP presents preliminary requirements for the commodity or service, and may dictate to varying degrees the exact…

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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]