N – “Going forward” is step backward

Office jargon “cloaks the brutal modern workplace in such brainlessly upbeat language,” says Lucy Kellaway, complaining on the BBC’s website, and usage trickles down into common parlance. “Like ‘like,’ ‘going forward’ is as contagious as smallpox. It started with business people, and now has not only infected farmers, it has reached epidemic proportions with footballers.” She also hates the phenomenon of “up”—”to free up,” “to head up,” and, worst, “to give a heads up.” To find out more about “idea showers,” “let’s touch base about that offline,” and “low hanging fruit” see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7457287.stm