Office Euphemisms

Ever since I started working in a corporate environment (has it really been six years?!) I’ve been amused by the official sounding terms working professionals use to denote different workplace staples like doing things last minute and sneaking away from the office. I’ve listed three business terms that are some of my favorites as well as what they really mean.

Immediate Action Item

  • A forgotten tasks that needs to be done immediately to cover everyone’s behinds

Off-site meeting

  • An excuse to get out of the office, usually under the pretense of an important meeting.

To Run Something Up The Flagpole

  • The person saying this admits she/he does not have the authority to approve the request and needs to ask a superior with more power.

To Take a Conversation Offline

  • To discuss something in private one-on-one rather than in front of a group. This phrase is usually invoked when someone is uncomfortable but it is usually done under the pretense of not wanting to waste others’ time.

What are some of your favorite office euphemisms?

  • Jeremy

    Julie! I don’t hear these euphemisms so much in my world, but we use OOC a lot. It means Out of Office Contact. A sales term involving taking clients out to events like happy hours, sporting events, anything they like to help a sale move along.

  • Jonathan Rick

    Telecommute: Work from home