“Thinking outside the box” is the most despised jargon

Nearly half of the Britons (49 per cent) surveyed by YouGov believe that the use of such terms is on the increase as employees seek to impress their bosses.Although most of the phrases do not say anything important or useful, 20 per cent of people still believe that “buffling” – as the pollsters call it – has had or would have a positive impact on their career.Business-speak also appears to be spreading outside the confines of the office.Nearly half (46 per cent) of working respondents admitted that they buffle in their own home and among their friends.The biggest bufflers are those who live in the East Midlands, with one in six (15 per cent), saying they buffle on a regular basis.By contrast, people in Liverpool and people in the Northwest are the least tolerant of buffling, with seven out of ten stating they find it “very irritating”.


“It’s bad enough when people at work talk about ‘blue-sky thinking’ and ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’, but now we’re starting to use these clichéd phrases at home,” said Zory Radnay-Florian, a spokesman for Ramada Encore hotels, which commissioned the survey of 2,035 adults.


“Buffling outside of the office could be due in part to the explosion in business reality TV shows, such as Dragons Den, The Apprentice and more recently, Natural Born Sellers, where buffling is commonplace and often positively encouraged among those fighting it out for fame and the best job.”


The top 20 “buffling” business terms:


1 Thinking outside of the box


2 Touch base


3 At the end of the day


4 Going forward


5 All of it


6 Blue sky thinking


7 Out of the box


8 Credit crunch


9 Heads up


10 Singing from the same hymn sheet


11 Pro-active


12 Downsizing


13 Ducks in a row


14 Brainstorming


15 Thought shower


16 360º thinking


17 Flag it up


18 Pushing the envelope


19 At this moment in time





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Stuart Matthews, Web Dev, fatBuzz