Tip #534: Words and Phrases that Really Bother Me!

On September 8, 2014, Posted by , In communication, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #534: Words and Phrases that Really Bother Me!

“I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.” Edward Albee

There are certain words and phrases currently used by trainers and human resource professionals that push my crazy button. I’ve been trying to figure out why I have such an immediate negative visceral reaction when I hear:

  • leveraging
  • actioning
  • drill down used as an adjective
  • upskilling
  • pulse survey
  • micro-credentials
  • learning silos
  • a flash view
  • performance needle
  • granular content
  • rolling out
  • authoring

Part of it is the fact that, as an English major, I am uncomfortable when people use a noun (leverage, action, and author) as a verb. What the blazes is “actioning” anyway??? Can you use it in a sentence? Even my spell checker changed … Read the rest