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The Economist Book of Business Quotations by Bill Ridgers

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“Management speak and jargon

What I need is a list of specific unknown problems we will encounter.

Anon memo to staff at a shipping company

I hear managers at the bank [say] “let’s touch base about that offline”. I think it means have a private chat but I am still not sure.

Anon, 50 worst examples of management speak, BBC

There’s no “I” in “team”. But then there’s no “I” in “useless smug colleague”, either. And there’s four in “platitude-quoting idiot”.

Anon

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Jane Austen, author (1775–1817), Northanger Abbey

What differentiates a business thought from a normal thought is that business thoughts have a “going forward” at the end of them going forward. It’s also vital that you know that for the envelope ...

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