Nine irritatingly overused business buzzwords (infographic)

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – The Princess Bride

“You don’t know what words mean, do you?” – Mr. Show

We’ve all heard them a million times—those overused business buzzwords people rely on to sound more professional, knowledgeable or in-the-know. Some classics that may come to mind include words like “synergy” and “optimized,” or terms such as “loop you in” or “on the same page.” While these are all equally annoying, we wanted to call out a few lesser-mentioned jargon words that have, in our humble opinions, grown tiresome from incessant use in a business context. Whether you’ve used a few of these on your resume, or perhaps uttered them during a particularly compelling conference call, we’re all guilty of chronic business buzzword overuse.

So, we created an original HubRunner infographic featuring our picks for “Nine Irritatingly Overused Business Buzzwords,” complete with *Volumetric Comparative Usage Analysis with Terribleness Index Rating, along with **Real-life Use Cases Using Expression-to-Personality Mapping and Social Context Extrapolation. Though this is by no means an exhaustive list, these are a few of the frequent offenders that really get our goat, if you’ll excuse the overused idiom.

What gets your vote for the best of the worst in overused business buzzwords? Let us know in the comments!

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*A completely subjective measurement index we just made up **Never actually used in real life