The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary: I-words

Do you wonder where your co-workers picked up all the ridiculous things they say? From fresh-faced interns to top management, everyone drops one of these gems occasionally. We can only hope that you're not here to actually add buzzwords to your vocabulary.

I hate to say "I told you so" [exp.]I told you so.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Idea shower [n.]A creative group exercise where suggestions are made in rapid succession. Creeper boss says, "Shower me… with ideas."
Suggested by Operatic Bacon
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Ideation [n.]An overused portmanteau of "idea" and "creation". Psychologists have a legitimate use for this word. You probably don't.
Suggested by Janice H.
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Ignoranus [n.]Someone who is both stupid and an a**hole.
Suggested by John W.
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Imagineer [v.]A contraction of "imagine" and "engineer" used to describe the wasting of time and money to develop an unnecessary solution to some non-existent business problem.
Suggested by The Village Idiot.
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Impactful [adj.]Having a large effect. An ugly, ugly extension of the word 'impact.'Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
In the black [adj.]Profitable.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
In the cards [exp.]A likely outcome.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Incent [v.]To encourage an action by suggesting a reward. A particularly terrible verb created from the noun incentive. "I think we can incent investors to get on-board with this one."Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Income not IF-come [exp.]A business needs cash, not the promise of cash.
Suggested by Lyndsey.
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Industrial vacation [n.]A business trip to a desirable location that is loosely related to business. Usually requires participants to arrive a few days early to "prepare" and stay a few days after to "wrap-up."Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Insourcing [v.]The practice of looking within one's company for someone with required skills.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Interface [v.]To communicate. "Can we interface just before lunch?"
Suggested by Linda
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Interlock [v.]Meeting in order to coordinate. "Stop by my office and we'll interlock later."Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Into the weeds [exp.]Presenting technical details during a discussion when the purpose was to stay at a basic overview level. "During the meeting, she dove way down into the weeds when describing the interface requirements."
Suggested by Kenny.
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Involuntary entrepreneur [n.]A laid off employee with poor prospects who is forced to work multiple transient jobs.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Involuntary reduction in force [exp.]A round of firings made after requesting that people volunteer to quit.Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter
Irregardless [adj.]A false merger of regardless and irrespective; incorrectly used in lieu of either.
Suggested by Antti L.
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Issue [n.]In the positive, affirming workplace the word 'problem' is swapped for the much more diplomatic 'issue'. "Houston, we have an issue."
Suggested by Tracy.
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Issues around [exp.]Replaces the much more direct, 'problems with'. "There are issues around Iraq."
Suggested by Claire H.
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ITL [adj.]In The Loop. Describes an awareness of key issues. "Bring me up to speed. I'm not ITL on this one."Share this term on FacebookShare this term on Twitter


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