Posts tagged ‘cliche’

April 16, 2011

Business Cliches

The more I looked at cliches online the more I realized how many get thrown around in the business environment everyday with thinking much about it.  So, I think it is a good exercise to call out a few more, not only to explain them but also to draw attention to the fact that they are overuse – or at least some might think they are.

That doesn’t mean they can’t be used but they should be used with caution and discriminatorily.

The pics for "think outside the box" are just as cliche as the expression, pic:

So here we go:

Sweat equity:  if you attain ownership in a company by working for it instead of buying into it.  This is often used to describe the stake founders of companies have – they worked pretty much day and night to get the company off the ground and now hold a junk of the shares – this would be sweat equity.

Thinking outside the box – this one has been used so often I can barely keep from rolling my eyes like an annoyed teenager when I hear it.  This phrase is just a round about way of saying thinking creatively and unconventionally, outside of the conventional limits.   When I heard it first I liked the phrase but that was 15 years ago and I have heard it pretty much every other day since.

Enough already.

April 13, 2011


American English has its share of cliches particularly in business settings – but maybe that is just my bias because that’s where I ran across them so often.  First a brief definition of cliches before I list a few that I think are particulalry overused.

Sports cliches, not covered in the blog, maybe next time. Pic:

A cliche is a stereotyped or trite phrase or expression that has been so overused that it has lost its value or appeal.  This, of course, is a somewhat subjective category, what some people think is a wonderful expression others think of as a trite cliche.  Some of the expressions I have covered in this blog one might think of as cliches.  Here are some more examples of truly overused ones:

24/7 – for all the time, constantly

There is now i in team – pointing out the fact that the individual (the “I”) does not play a role in a team effort

At the end of the day – for finally, ultimately

Cutting edge – very up-to-date, very advanced and novel, often used in connection with technology “we deliver cutting-edge law mowing solutions to your back yard.”  This is one pretty overused if one deals with any type ot technology but it isn’t as bad as the next one:

Innovative – I have seen this applied to everything from DNA sequencing technology to cat litter odor remover and thought processes.  If reasonably possible I avoid innovative products these days because I am so tired of the word.

And finally an oldie (not goldie to abuse another cliche): time is money.  yes, we’ve all heard that one  before – about 3 million times ever since we were toddlers.