Calling All Verbal Troops: Kill these words and phrases. Please?

Time for a moody Monday list.

Today: Words/phrases to banish, or, at the very least, avoid:

* Starting a sentence, in conversation, with “So.” When did this happen? Why does everyone in their 30s now do this? Happens in my interviews all the time.

Example:

Me: “Describe your job to me.”

Them: “So what I do is….”

* Troop, in reference to a single military unit, i.e. person

* Police unit, in reference to a single police car or person

* Orientated

* Thank you in advance

* Leveraged

* Deliverables

* House-made

* Hand picked/Hand selected

* Gone missing/Went missing

* At the end of the day…

* Entitled, when referring to the title of something. “The book is entitled…”

* Overuse of “capital,” i.e. human capital, thought capital, etc.

* Overuse of curator, i.e. web curator, design curator, food curator, etc.

* Best practices

* “Acquisitioned”

* Actionable

* Circle back

* “___” is the new black

* Wheel house

* Overuse of large verbs and “relationship.” “I excel at facilitating relationships.” I don’t believe anyone who says that.

* Engaged, engaging, engagement as it refers to work.

* Bandwidth

* Green belt/anything Six Sigma

* Synergy

* Re-engineer

* Win-win

* Low-hanging fruit

* Core competency

* Any phrase with “fail”

* Any phrase with “epic”

* To “socialize” an idea

* Any use of “party” as a verb. Particularly, “sorry for partying.”

* “Big-girl panties”

* Uber

Now you go. What phrases would you like to put in front of a death panel?

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