Thursday, October 24, 2013

Taxing Times of Mental Jargon at school and work


    The Line of Beauty: The worse they are, the better we seem to like them. Matthew Sweet sorts the naughty, the filthy and the unruly from the just plain wrong Free to be bad
Bre(n)t, the character played by Ricky Gervais in sitcom The Office, regularly used meaningless phrases to try and hide his ineptitude. Earlier this year a survey found that nearly a quarter of workers consider office jargon to be a “pointless irritation”.A campaign group claimed that overused jargon could be holding British businesses back. 'If they use these words, don’t buy their shares'  Steven Poole, who has written a book on "unbearable office jargon" told Radio 4's Today program that office jargon can sometimes have sinister undertones: "it’s all about obscuring the violence of what the bosses are actually doing to people so they can carry on with a clear conscience." Mr Poole said that office jargon became very popular during the dotcom boom and has stuck around in boardrooms across the country. Office trail

spent six years of my life at a private girl's school surrounded by classmates, many of whom exhibited varying degrees of Ja'mie-ness. Lilley has described Ja'mie as "completely self-absorbed, out of control and outrageous".I envy the proportion of the population who can view Ja'mie as satirical, because I certainly cannot. To me, Ja'mie is not outrageous - she is real and can be found at a school near you. 

Jamie is only too real

The uncertainty, as when watching a one-armed juggler, makes for an uneasy experience. The set pieces – a theatre visit, a weekend in Marrakesh – are vivid but, again, overextended

A number of businesses, including Home Swap, Love Home Swap and Homeaway, allow people to holiday abroad without charge if your destination matches with another user who is prepared to stay in your home.

The act of sharingUncertainty