Workplaces are like their own countries. They have arbitrary limits, rules known as contracts, hierarchical structures, and of course, they have their own languages.
When I studied linguistics as an undergrad, we learned about places like offices and their own structures and whatever as "sociolinguistics," which Wikipedia defines as "descriptive study of the effect of any and all aspects of society, including cultural norms, expectations, and context, on the way language is used, and society's effect on language."
If you regularly attend meetings at work, you'll know that boardrooms have their own vocabulary. You'll never hear words like "synergy" outside of those four walls. Adam Hess, an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated comedian from the United Kingdom, knows this all too well.
He recently took to Twitter to point out that you'll never hear a certain phrase outside of work meetings. That phrase? "It's just about finding that balance."
Too real. And that's not the only phrase people could think of.
A double-edged sword is definitely an object that only exists in offices.
If you "remain true to those core values," you'll get a guaranteed promotion.
Honestly, when you take a step back, it's all achieving a more holistic approach in grasping the bigger picture.
Just stop the whole meeting to explain to me, What even is an action point?!
Ah yes, the strange circle-square shape they kept from us in kindergarten. Like, what is anyone even talking about anymore?
Another guy shared his opinion of a vacation:
We get it.
Don't you dare think inside the box, I say.
And then this other guy chimes in to add the classic "Let's put pen to paper" remark. But boss, I only have my laptop.