April 17, 2008

One-stop shop

I hate the phrase 'one-stop shop'. I don't know why but it makes me want to stab my eardrums and eyeballs with sharp scissors. It's at the top of a list of political/commerce cliches that also features 'touch base' and 'flick me an email'.

Oh well, I better get ready for work. I have some 'capacity building' to do.


Catalin said...

I agree with you on all of it, especially 'touch base' and 'capacity building.' Actually, we don't have 'flick me an email' so that sounds novel to me, but I can't help but think that the main object generally associated with that verb is boogers.

I was at an Earth Day expo today with some students. I cringed several times as earnest booth spokespeople used uselessly 'elevated' language to explain perfectly simple things. I was probably especially aware because I was with my English-learning students and I was listening with their ears. I wanted to tell people to speak plain English, but it would have just flustered them and made them feel bad and they really weren't trying to be knobs, it's just an unfortunate side-effect of a university education.

Emma said...

Don't forget to "green light" a few things...and "ring-fence" the rest, build a solution, drive growth and support diversification strategy...blah blah...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

bulbul said...

Never heard "flick me an email" before. But I'm there with ya as far as "touch base in concerned". One of my clients uses it in every other email and every time I read it I go /insert a guttural here/.

Nikki said...

"Shoot me an email" - now that drives me insane when people say that.
O, and also, (similarly to 'touching base') the phrase 'catch up'. "Let's catch up for a coffee". NO THANKS!