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Yes, really. If you make them mad at you, they'll comment to tell you about it. 

Not that I'm recommending that, but I do find it interesting. 

This morning I came across a LinkedIn post entitled "Stop Using These 30 Phrases at Work." Curious, I clicked to see the 30 phrases. There were a few on the list that I don't particularly like, but only one (drill-down) that I really dislike and would never use. 

The writer was obviously stating his own opinion about words that irritate him. And I do agree that when people over-use the phrases - and especially when they plop 2 or 3 into the same sentence - it's a bit annoying and will detract from the message. 

What was REALLY interesting about this post was the number of comments: 5,031 the last time I looked. 

And they aren't short comments. Some are crazy silly, using as many of the phrases as possible. Some are in agreement, and some are downright mad at him and think he's wrong, wrong, wrong. 

Here's his list: 

  1. Going forward
  2. Drill-down
  3. End of play
  4. Touch base
  5. It's on my radar
  6. No brainer
  7. Best of breed
  8. Low hanging fruit
  9. Reach out
  10. Dive deeper
  11. Think outside the box
  12. Positive momentum
  13. On my plate
  14. At the end of the day
  15. Run the numbers
  16. Touch points
  17. Keep your eye on the ball
  18. Back to the drawing board
  19. Get the ball rolling
  20. Bang for your buck
  21. Close the deal
  22. When the rubber hits the road
  23. Shift paradigm
  24. Move the needle
  25. Game-changing
  26. Move the goal post
  27. Value added
  28. Win-win
  29. Across the piece
  30. All hands on deck

What do YOU think? 


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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Wow, over 5,000 comments?  Impressive.

and, yes, I disagree.  Most of those phrases are fine, and in fact helpful.

Aug 27, 2013 09:38 AM #12
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Debbie - I found it interesting that a post like that would garner 5,000+ comments. That's why I had to share! 

Aug 27, 2013 01:31 PM #13
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Marte I would not get overly concern about any of those phrases.   Never cease to amaze me at the things which make people passionate about something.

Aug 27, 2013 04:01 PM #14
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Sometimes people just do not know how to get their point across.  If they need to use any of these words, phrases whatever, who really cares and what does it matter.  This seems such a trivial matter to me, and I bet I am in the minority.

Aug 28, 2013 01:31 AM #15
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Jennifer - This did seem like a strange subject to get so worked up over. 

Mary - Apparently so. From the comments on that post it seemed like people were strongly opinionated on one side or the other. 

Aug 28, 2013 01:55 AM #16
Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

That list reminds me of how happy I am to have left "Corporamia."  Ban those phrases at a meeting, and there will be nothing but silence.  Although a bit trite, I can't imagine a large number of people moved to high levels of passion over them.  Obviously, that's not an accurate observation on my part.

Sep 01, 2013 12:00 AM #17
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I think it's probably the people who over-use them who are passionate about them. 

Sep 01, 2013 12:56 AM #18
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

marte, I agree with most of them. "The thing Is" is another one I hate. Good work forwarding the list, a good chuckle.

Sep 01, 2013 12:04 PM #19
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I'm with Lenn on this one. None of them really bother me. 

Sep 01, 2013 12:27 PM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Marte- I love it.  I think your point was that it's interesting how writing a somewhat controversial post could get you more comments, however we're all looking at those words and expressing our opinion.  So, in that vein,  I have always hated  the use of "rap" as in "let's have a rap session".  When I went back to work on the edges of the corporate world I detested the new business "buzz" words just has "migrate" or " strategic".  And, I must admit, I've used some of those phrases.  well done!

Sep 01, 2013 12:34 PM #21
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Helen & Larry - Funny how we all have words that annoy us. For me it's "drill down" and "Hold his feet to the fire." 

Joni - Most of them I've never heard - I'm not in the corporate world. But there are couple that annoy.

Kathy - Yes, that was my point. Thank you for noticing!

And about the phrases - we've probably all used the ones that fit at some time or another. In my opinion, they only become annoying when a writer or speaker uses them over, and over, and over again. 

Sep 01, 2013 12:48 PM #22
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing these Marte, I did not see any of them that bother me, but a few did elicit a chuckle.

Sep 01, 2013 01:26 PM #23
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N
I once had an Agent give a hard time a said she had a lot on her plate. I told her I had a platter and didn't care
Sep 01, 2013 10:39 PM #24
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I guess being out of the loop (that's probably a phrase this guy would hate too) is working for me!  LOL!  I can't imagine this post getting all those comments or creating such a stir.  None of them bother me, but then again I'm not hearing them over used.

Sep 01, 2013 11:32 PM #25
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Bob - Some of them do sound kinda silly.

Liz - What a great idea. When you've got too much, just grab a platter and keep going!

Sharon - Funny he missed that one - maybe it's one he uses! I happen to like being kept in the loop for some things - and staying a long way OUT of the loop on others. 


Sep 02, 2013 02:06 AM #27
Debra Hight
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Houston, TX
Debra Hight

I don't hear these much in real estate, but certainly heard and used them when in corporate America. I read the post on LinkedIn and enjoyed the comments that used most or all of the phrases. I absolutely detest "It is what it is." I understand what people are trying to say but many times, what it is can and should be changed.

Sep 02, 2013 03:21 AM #28
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Debra - Aside from "drill down," which I probably dislike because of a marketer who over-used it to the point of nausea, what I don't want to hear is "That's the way we've always done it."

I agree about the comments that used all of the phrases - those folks spent some time and used good imagination to come up with them. Funny! 

Sep 02, 2013 08:27 AM #29
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Marte, these phrases don't really bother me one way or the other. What I really dislike is when people I hardly know call me "Hon" - I would not like anyone to call me that, much less some practically stranger. But I get the controversial part and you're right - that will draw people out who otherwise would pass by and not comment.

Sep 02, 2013 12:33 PM #30
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Marte, here's my answer - or comment - using some of these phrases (which means...I do use them and surprised to see why this is included in this list!)

At the end of the day, it's a no brainer to think outside the box to get the ball rolling and close the deal to achieve win-win....

(I am sure I goofed up somewhere - after all English is my second language:-().

Sep 02, 2013 02:50 PM #31
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Sharon - I agree! "Hon" is offensive. 

Praful - I don't see any goof-ups. As for why phrases were included in this list - because it was just one man's opinion and he didn't happen to like them. 

Sep 02, 2013 04:36 PM #32
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