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Can You Guess What The UK's Most Annoying Office Phrase Is?

It's a no-brainer that office jargon is annoying and, FYI, no amount of thought showers will cause us to think outside the box on this perennially vexing issue.

A new study has cast light on quite how aggravating UK employees find the use of buzzwords in the workplace.

The folks at jobs search site CV-Library grilled 1,000 professionals for their opinion on lexicon such as "blue sky thinking" and "on my radar".

More than 74% respondents felt that people who used such phrases did so to sound more intelligent in front of their colleagues. Less than 35% admitted using buzzwords on a regular basis.

The results suggest that - finally - jaw-clenching clichés may be starting to vanish from our boardrooms, as they gradually erode in everyday vocabulary.

Buzzwords: on their way out from the workplace

"It's unsurprising to see that buzzwords are falling away from the UK workplace," said Lee Biggins, the founder of CV-Library.

"With clear and concise communication the number one priority for many companies across the country, it's understandable that more and more workers are growing agitated with buzzword focused environments."

The top ten most unpopular terms identified in this latest study vary from the inane ("fyi" and "ping me") to the all-out clangers of meeting room litter-speak ("thought shower" and "run it up a flagpole").

Come ponder the biggest culprits of brainstorm nonsensical chat right here. Our two personal favourites, "forward planning" and "close of play", sadly don't make the cut -but there's always next time...

  1. Let's touch base – 40.2%
  2. Thinking outside the box –38.9%
  3. How long is a piece of string – 28.4%
  4. Run it up the flagpole – 28.2%
  5. Thought shower – 27.5%
  6. Ping me – 25.6%
  7. It's a no brainer – 25.1%
  8. Park this – 24.9%
  9. FYI – 24.2%
  10. Get all your ducks in a row – 23%

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