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Topic: Corporate Buzzwords 2

A buzzword (also known as a fashion word or vogue word) is an idiom, commonly used in managerial, technical, administrative, and sometimes political environments. Buzzwords are often used to make people think that one knows more than one actually does. This is why they are so popular in the corporate environment :) Nevertheless, these words are used very often by managers, so ESL students should be aware of them... just don't use them too much!

1. Everyone has to do their best. = Everyone has to ____________.
  step up
  step in

2. A "win-win" situation is one where:
  everyone wins a prize
  everyone will be happy with a decision

3. An overused way of describing someone who is enthusiastic. Instead of waiting around to do something, this person takes charge and does it:
  reactive
  proactive

4. Mark told me that "ball is in Nancy's court" - what does that mean?
  That it's up to Nancy's to take care of business
  That it's up to Nancy to pass the ball to Mark

5. If a project is "mission critical", it is ____________.
  very important
  not very important

6. We need to come to a mutual agreement. Right now we're not ____________.
  in the same boat
  on the same page

7. What does it mean "to raise the bar"?
  to set new standards of (high) quality
  to fix the bar in the men's bathroom

8. This has to be done by EOD (end of day) Thursday. I'm going to put it at the top of my ____________ list.
  work
  priorities

9. When a manager says "We have to regroup", she is saying "we have to ____________."
  fire some people and hire new ones
  rethink our strategy

10. You need to get ____________ on this system. = You need to learn all you can about this system.
  up to speed
  up to your neck


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