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19 Phrases That Make No Sense Until You Work In an Office

Working in an office has its own language at times.

1. “There has been a bit of a miscommunication.”

What it means: Someone has fucked up.

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2. “I’ll pass it up the chain.”

What it means: I don’t want to make a decision so I’ll get my boss to.

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3. “It’s low hanging fruit.”

What it means: It’s an easy get and we’re feeling a bit lazy.

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4. “We’re streamlining operations.”

What it means: We’re getting rid of people.

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5. “Your appraisal is coming up.”

What it means: You better start looking busy. So busy.

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6. “Think of this as an opportunity to grow.”

What it means: Here’s some more stuff for you to do.

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7. “It’s a core competency. “

What it means: It’s one of the things we’re actually supposed to be good at. 

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8. “We don’t want to reinvent the wheel.”

What it means: Just go and nick someone else’s work.

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9. “Let’s put this on the back burner.”

What it means: I can’t deal with this anymore.

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10. “We want to hit the ground running.”

What it means: Let’s at least start with some enthusiasm even though we know it won’t last.

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11. “Throw someone under the bus.”

What it means: Completely fuck someone over.

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12. “It’s not rocket science.”

What it means: This is easy. How did you mess this up?

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13. “We need to get the ball rolling.”

What it means: It should be rolling already. What have you been doing?

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14. “Let’s touch base in a few weeks.”

What it means: Let’s deal with this later.

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15. “Take it to the next level.” 

What it means: Make it better.

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16. “I have a lot on my plate.”

What it means: I am busy, please leave.

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17. “Get your ducks in a row.”

What it means: You’re a mess, get organised.

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18. “I’ve run the numbers.”

What it means: I’ve worked something out.

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19. “Technically not our division.”

What it means: If you can get someone else to do this, please do so.

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