Jargon Buster: 11 Annoying Phrases You Need to Stop Using in Your Emails

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

What if there was a magic tool that meant you never had to read another work email about 'pushing the envelope,' 'doing more with less' or 'circling back' on a meeting for some 'blue-sky thinking?'

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Jargon Buster: 11 Annoying Phrases You Need to Stop Using in Your Emails

What if someone took the time to invent a tool to help your entire team (and your line manager) talk in plain old English, rather than that annoying corporate jargon designed to impress rather than communicate?

Well, thanks to the geniuses at online CV builder Resume.io, all those dreams are about to come true.

Resume.io hates business jargon (almost) as much as you do. So they designed a Chrome web extension that spots business jargon in unsent emails and offers some straight-talking alternatives.

And did you know that 1 in 3 professionals admit to using phrases like ‘low-hanging fruit’ while having absolutely no idea what they actually mean?

If you've sat through enough meetings this week, then you probably do. Those eye rolls are getting harder and harder to disguise, aren't they?

So why not fire Resume.io's jargon buster around the office? It translates 11 of the most confusing pieces of workplace jargon (including all that talk about 'boiling the oceans???') and provides some alternative phrases anyone can understand.

Resume.io infographic on 11 jargon phrases to avoid

Ashley Murphy


Ashley graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. He began working as a freelance content writer in 2015. He specializes in technology, higher education, advertising copy, and current affairs.


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