Monday, April 30, 2007

Deciphering officespeak

I was flicking through a magazine the other day and came across an amusing piece on what bosses say and what they really mean. For example:

  • 'With all due respect' translated into plain English becomes 'With no respect at all.'
  • 'It's a chance to gain greater depth of experience' means 'It's not a promotion.'
  • 'Jeremy here is the office comedian' translated into plain English means 'Jeremy here is the office joke.'
  • 'I'd like you to take ownership of this project' generally means 'My problem is now your problem.'
Does your boss speak in officespeak or in plain English? Hopefully the former - but I'll bet probably the latter...