Some expressions I seem to have picked up but I’m not sure where they came from:
- Catch ya – Sign-off on the phone to some people, particularly when I’m in a hurry. Seems to be a contraction of “Catch ya later”
- Plugger – It was a once-off, but I still don’t know where it came from. Several years ago I called my Dad this when visiting him in hospital. Maybe it was the stress of it all, but its origins remain a mystery. (I can’t imagine why it would be related to footballer Tony “Plugger” Lockett.)
Some expressions I don’t like:
- Best – Some kind of shortened lazy version of “All the best,” I assume. Something about it just doesn’t sit right with me. It’s like it sounds insincere for some reason.
- Sure – Used as a substitute for “You’re welcome.” Ditto, seems excessively lazy and insincere. What, you can’t run to three syllables, you have to keep it to a single one? Is there a shortage or something?
- Get a life – Fair enough when it’s used in self-deprecation, but otherwise it’s gratuitous. You like something I don’t, so you need to get a life. What the hell is that supposed to mean? People who use this phrase when talking of others really need to get a life.
Some expressions from various past managers I’ve had (enough to cause a whole paradigm shift… or at least a game of Bullshit Bingo):
- Socialise – this meant discuss with colleagues
- Technical artefacts – documents, they’re documents. Ah yes, the memories, we’d go into meetings to socialise the technical artefacts…
- Down-line-load – one guy I worked with picked this up somewhere — it was his version of “download”
On an unrelated note, funniest TV advert placement seen this week:
- Ad for Tobin Brothers funeral directors, during Six Feet Under