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Old 11-05-2010, 07:26 PM   #21
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I remember a number of the phrases being used in my former workplace. One phrase not on the list was "getting down to the short strokes".
I remember workplace use of this phrase and also "Having them by the short hairs" (which I always thought meant the hairs at the nape of the neck). Boy, was I surprised when my then-SO gently told me what that phrase really meant. I was so embarrassed.

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Old 11-05-2010, 07:49 PM   #22
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The ones I despised most was: team, teamwork and similar feel good drivel.


My definition of corporate teamwork:

a couple of folks busting their a$$ to get things done, several freeloaders perpetually asking stupid questions, one or two mouthpieces doing a lot of gum flapping to senior management.
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We need a "feel good" story to give to upper management...........

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Old 11-05-2010, 08:49 PM   #24
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Far and away the words I hate most of all in the office:

"Lets have a meeting"
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Mission Statements

For every division, unit, or section.

That was idiotic. We're a police department. We arrest bad guys. Any kindergarten kid knows that.
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I remember workplace use of this phrase and also "Having them by the short hairs" (which I always thought meant the hairs at the nape of the neck). Boy, was I surprised when my then-SO gently told me what that phrase really meant. I was so embarrassed.

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The nukes in the submarine force avoided this one when we were little student nukes by forbidding us to use acronyms. Every time we saw one we had to speak it out instead of pronounce its letters.

This worked OK when you had to say "reactor plant manual" instead of RPM, but it was a real hassle when you had to ask a question about "self-saturable burnable poisons" or "main coolant cut-out valves".

Then the non-nuclear submariners would torment the nukes by pronouncing the acronyms as words instead of speaking the words they stood for. I once listened to two sonar technicians talking about the noise made by equipment that they kept referring to as "tiglops". After about 20 minutes I finally admitted my ignorance (I had a lot of practice at that) and it turned out that they were talking about turbine generator lubricating oil pumps: "TGLOPs".

Over 27 years after nuclear power school I still find myself sounding out acronyms and hesitating over whether to write them out or just use the initials.
This sure brings back memories. Try saying "Starboard Ship's Service Turbine Generator" three times fast. The nuke training was certainly thorough, as I too am reluctant to use acronyms, even 25 years later.
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These phrases bring back memories. I'm so glad I'm retired!!!
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I glanced at the list and did not see my pet peve. I always cringed when a boss of mine said that we were a "family." I never hesitated to jump in and advise him that I only had one family and could not support another in the manner that I support the current one.

I have no problem with terms like "team" but not family.
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For every division, unit, or section.

That was idiotic. We're a police department. We arrest bad guys. Any kindergarten kid knows that.
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The nuke training was certainly thorough, as I too am reluctant to use acronyms, even 25 years later.
I've also been traumatized by the Submarine Interior Communications Manual. It's going to be decades before I can not only shut doors & windows but "close" them too. And I'm not sure that I'll ever be able to use "increase/decrease" along with "raise/lower"...
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How about "comcells" ??
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I've also been traumatized by the Submarine Interior Communications Manual. It's going to be decades before I can not only shut doors & windows but "close" them too. And I'm not sure that I'll ever be able to use "increase/decrease" along with "raise/lower"...
And I thought USAF & IT speak was confusing.
I recall many years ago attempting to explain to Mother what I did for a living.
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"Meeting in my office in 15 minutes"... uttered not by my immediate supervisor but the fellow over her. My boss is a dear... late for everything and sweetly scatter-brained (altho very smart). After her uptight superior finishes with one of his angst filled meetings and harangues concerning dictums from the higher ups, she (arriving at the tail end, coffee mug in hand) tells us "just do everything the way you've been doing it because you are doing a good job" (done sotto voce after he has stalked out).
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How can we operationalize this? (i.e. How can we get it done?)

The business planing proces is is all around accountability.... AARGH!
For extra points, when nearing FIRE, start to mix in buzzwords from non-overlapping disciplines.

"We view the Marketing Department's functional specification as a blivit, and are concerned that specification and planning process may initiate a circular run."

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"What we have here is a loss of situational awareness."
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My favorite from my old boss is, "Let's take a bio break."
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Let's take it "off line"
Let's do a "deep dive"
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Let's take it "off line"
Let's do a "deep dive"
Oooh...I just remembered another one "Let's drill down"
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For me, retired 5+ years, this thread is about as unpleasant as it gets. Where's that "ignore thread" button...
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Agree with ReWahoo. This thread reminds me of what a top manager likes to write - This is OTT. (Over the top).
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