The office phrases we love to hate

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They are the irritating phrases you just can’t get out of your head after a long, hard day at the office....

‘Move the goalposts’ or ‘teamwork, dreamwork’ or ‘can I borrow you for a sec?’ - they’re all workplace ‘buzz lines’ that we love to hate, according the research by jobs site reed.co.uk

A survey of 2,000 workers came up with these jargon gems.

Phrases guaranteed to irritate your co-workers

1. Can I borrow you for a sec?

2. How long is a piece of string?

3. Think outside the box

4. Teamwork, dreamwork

5. Keep me in the loop

6. Win-win

7. Pick your brains

8. I’m stacked

9. Blue sky thinking

10. Just playing devil’s advocate

The most overused sayings in the workplace

1. Can I borrow you for a sec?

2. Pick your brains

3. Think outside the box

4. Me in the loop

5. Get the ball rolling

6. All hands on deck

7. How long is a piece of string?

8. Back to the drawing board

9. Can you shed some light on this

10. Move the goalposts

Online expressions people say in the workplace

1. OMG

2. LOL

3. FYI

4. Epic fail

5. Cringe

6. Swag

7. YOLO

8. On point / on fleek

9. For the win

10. That’s cray

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