OFFICE LINGO I DESPISE
These commons phrases are used freely in my office, to the point where I despise them.
- •TOUCH BASE/CIRCLE BACKUsed as a means to essentially follow up and/or passively aggressively try and micro manage a colleague's work.
- •HISTORICALLYWhen introducing a task or practice, the speaker will preface the statement with "historically" as a douchey was of saying "it's always been your job, so keep doing it. " EXAMPLE: "Historically, the Senior Send-Off was facilitated by Students Affairs." TRANSLATION: Everyone on the SA is stuck chaperoning an open bar for graduating seniors on a Saturday, get the fuck over it, because I'm not doing it.
- •VETWhile this word does have accurate use in the proposal review setting, is it really necessary that we vet the prospect of having a potluck breakfast? I think not.
- •PURVIEWTypically used to outline one's set responsibilities. Similar to in use to historically, it's a nicer way of saying I'm not fucking doing it. However, "it's not under my purview" seems a bit dramatic when talking about one's daily tasks.
- •DID WE...(INSERT TASK HERE)Used when Person A has been talking about a task that needs to be done with Person B. Person A makes no indication this is a 'we' (meaning just you, Person B) thing, and then decides to later ask Person B if it's complete.