Call me a hypocrite. For years, I've been telling people to stop using buzzwords and talk like normal people. Many have even agreed with me about the numerous obnoxious buzzwords that get hurled around the business world every day. Some even have their own buzzword favorites to vehemently dislike.

But then earlier this year I realized that I wasn't actually going to be able to completely eradicate buzzword use. They were just too entrenched, and I was just one guy. Sure, I was a little late to the game on this realization, but I guess it is better late than never.

So I backed down just a bit and decided to write about the buzzwords we were probably going to blatantly abuse in 2017. At least, I could sound the alarm and warn everyone.

Now I've completely gone to the dark side (this is where the hypocrisy takes full effect) and will be using this post to actually suggest three buzzwords to start using. Maybe this is an April Fool's Day joke, or maybe it isn't. I'll let you decide.

These aren't your every-day buzzwords, though. For them to make my list, they had to be truly "outside the box" and come from an "outside the box" source.

As I started thinking about it, I wondered what other group out there has its own weird language that no one really understands. I didn't have to look too far at home one day when I looked over at our 15 year old hanging out with a couple of his High School friends while accompanied by my 12 year old "tweener" niece.

I listened in and was horrified, mostly that I hadn't thought of the idea earlier of bringing teenage buzzwords into the business buzzword landscape. Now we're talking about something that could be totally epic (that word didn't make my list but I threw it in here just to wet your palate).

So with no further delay, here are three teenage buzzwords that I'd like to see find their way into the business buzzword world:

1. "Savage"

If you don't have a teenager, just know that this basically is the new way of saying, "awesome", or "really cool", or if you go back far enough to the 80s, "totally rad, dude." My tweener niece made some sort of Instagram thing with her and her bestie and proclaimed to me:

"Isn't that savage?" to which I said, "So very savage."

The art would be pairing up the teenage buzzwords appropriately with the business buzzwords, kind of like wine and food. Would it be too buzzword-esque of me to say that this would create some sort of synergy?

I could see this one really pairing up nicely with a few other business buzzwords. You could say:

"That was totally savage the way you called out the elephant in the room there."

Or better yet, you could say:

"We never would have made such a savage paradigm shift if you hadn't pushed us."

This could really work.

2. "Cringy"

Surprisingly, this term means exactly what it sounds like it would mean. It is something that makes you cringe or is "cringe-worthy."

Here you could insert it when someone had a bad idea:

"That guy's suggestion was totally cringy, and I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up on the parking lot or just became shelf-ware."

Or you could use it to describe someone's presentation that still needs a lot of work:

"Listen, this deck still looks pretty cringy."

3. "Lit"

In teen and tween terms, this means that you are really excited or pumped up. Just because we are corporate-types doesn't mean that there aren't a lot of good reasons to get "lit" about things. Here are a couple of good examples:

"I'm so lit to be on that sexy project because it is right in my wheelhouse."

"You should feel really lit about how well you socialized that burning platform today during the deep dive."

Why not give these a shot? It might bring a little street cred to the business world, and at the very least it couldn't be any worse than saying:

"You need to parachute in and get right down to brass tacks, level set with them, and connect the dots so that together we can build a better mousetrap."

Happy April Fool's Day.