Every workplace has its jargon, its code words.
Some buzzwords and insider phrases are industry-specific; others are just trendy and spread like germs.
Below are euphemistic phrases that have become ubiquitous in the modern office—along with their translations.
See how many you recognize:
"Good to know." Translation: I couldn't possibly care less.
"Sounds like a plan." Translation: A terrible plan, actually. A recipe for seismic failure.
"I know you're busy." Translation: My ears are bleeding; please shut the hell up.
"I see what you did there." Translation: That's the least funny thing I've ever heard.
"Maybe that project isn't the right fit for you." Translation: Stay away from that project, you blithering buffoon.
"I'm not growing in my job." Translation: They don't even trust me to run the copy machine.
"I don't think I'm getting the idea behind your graph." Translation: Who did this? A chimp with an Etch-a-Sketch?
"We need to circle back on this one." Translation: We'll wait until your day off to take another shot at this.
"Vic is a great guy, but a little over the top." Translation: Vic desperately needs a lobotomy.
"They've got a great culture at Disruptive Widgets." Translation: Do they even wear pants at Disruptive Widgets?
"Let's make this meeting proactive." Translation: Bring bagels and coffee.