Sunday, 13 December 2009

more weasel words

From the Weasel Words Website by Don Watson:
networking
To exchange business cards, glances etc. Have a drink, take tea, dine with. Do what’s necessary. (More if it’s agreeable.)

‘2.50pm. Coffee and Networking.’ — Governance seminar brochure.

‘I networked my arse off.’ — Participant in governance seminar.

(Watson’s Dictionary of Weasel Words, Contemporary Clichés, Cant & Management Jargon, page 222)
Right, that’s what bosses do on conferences etc. “Do what’s necessary.”

When I will be a boss (which is an euphemism for “never”), I’ll make it mandatory to play buzzword bingo during meetings and seminars. Including external seminars. That will keep ’em awake.

time (at this point in)
Now, then, before, earlier, later, next Wednesday, at the end of the day, etc.

‘But at the end of the day we have to say it is not appropriate at this point in time.’ (after
Alexander Downer); cf. ‘The whole life of man is but a point in time...’ (Plutarch)

‘At this point in time I lay me down to sleep.’

‘On a day like today,
We passed the points of time away.’

‘Excuse me, can you tell me the point in time?’

(Watson’s Dictionary of Weasel Words, Contemporary Clichés, Cant & Management Jargon, page 324)

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