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.
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.
3. “It’s low hanging fruit.”
What it means: It’s an easy get and we’re feeling a bit lazy.
4. “We’re streamlining operations.”
What it means: We’re getting rid of people.
5. “Your appraisal is coming up.”
What it means: You better start looking busy. So busy.
6. “Think of this as an opportunity to grow.”
What it means: Here’s some more stuff for you to do.
7. “It’s a core competency. “
What it means: It’s one of the things we’re actually supposed to be good at.
8. “We don’t want to reinvent the wheel.”
What it means: Just go and nick someone else’s work.
9. “Let’s put this on the back burner.”
What it means: I can’t deal with this anymore.
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.
11. “Throw someone under the bus.”
What it means: Completely fuck someone over.
12. “It’s not rocket science.”
What it means: This is easy. How did you mess this up?
13. “We need to get the ball rolling.”
What it means: It should be rolling already. What have you been doing?
14. “Let’s touch base in a few weeks.”
What it means: Let’s deal with this later.
15. “Take it to the next level.”
What it means: Make it better.
16. “I have a lot on my plate.”
What it means: I am busy, please leave.
17. “Get your ducks in a row.”
What it means: You’re a mess, get organised.
18. “I’ve run the numbers.”
What it means: I’ve worked something out.
19. “Technically not our division.”
What it means: If you can get someone else to do this, please do so.