As anyone in the City knows, colleagues love a bit of blue sky thinking before close of play – and nothing beats touching base offline for a quick thought shower, unless of course none of you are singing from the same hymn sheet while you're trying to peel the onion.
If you understood and agreed with the above sentence, everyone in your office hates you.
A study earlier this year placed phrases like blue sky thinking and touching base offline among the top 10 most annoying pieces of business jargon in the UK.
But without dated western office speak, how will business travellers visiting the City be able to converse with their overseas peers?
Enter linguist Adam Jacot de Boinod. The author behind works like 'The Meaning of Tingo' and 'I Never Knew There Was a Word For It' has updated the list of bad business jargon with a selection of expressions for the modern millennial worker. Hotel chain Amba has plans to supply every executive room in its Charing Cross and Marble Arch establishments with the pocket-sized book of business speak.
"Bacon wrap" – the process of taking something already good and elevating it to pure genius – has been tipped as the most useful phrase for the next generation of firm founders and execs.
Good news for City veterans, too, as "power paunch" enters the British lexicon. Used to describe the sense of worth and status one attaches to their beer belly, the timeless trademark of successful Square Milers makes it into the top 10.
Also new to the list is "buffling". Much like bluffing, the term denotes speaking at length and off-topic in a business context. The Capitalist can only imagine the buffling of brand leaders at Cannes Lions this week.