Words help us communicate, but they can also bore us to tears. People are gullible at work, they have a fear of failure. Blah, blah, blah. The following words add some spice to conversations, emails, text messages or Slack confabs because they are so wonderfully precise and describe situations so perfectly (like your last meeting with the boss).
This Greek word means to do something with soul and conviction--to put yourself into your work in full measure, not half-baked. It's handy if you need to manage a project or a team.
Webster's defines this word as an abnormal fear of failure. Anyone who diligently prepares for a business presentation or a sales demo and still gets nervous might find it strangely apropos.
This word doesn't exactly flow off the tongue, but it's perfectly apt in business. It means to speak few words in a way that seems unhelpful or even lazy. Yeah, like that one guy in accounting.
Wait, there's a word for this? Of course there is. Ultracrepidarian means to spout off about a subject where you have little knowledge or experience.
Dude, this project has gone all widdershins on us! The word means something has gone counterclockwise and is heading in the wrong direction.
It sounds like something you could contract like the flu, but bloviate means to talk at length about a subject in an empty and bloated way. Yes, it works for Slack convos.
You know, the boss will never figure this one out anyway. It means someone who is a bully and tends to put others down. (Technically, it's a slang term but you can still use it.)
Sure, it's a British word but it works. When you have something to disclose or reveal, you can propale it. The word happens to sound exactly like it's meaning for some reason.
A wonderfully precise word, an acephalist is someone at work who doesn't acknowledge a superior. Watch out if someone uses this word for a person on your own team.
Sure, it's a Swedish word, but it still counts. For anyone heading out on a business trip, this word describes the feeling perfectly--e.g., the restlessness and anticipation you feel.
Apart from being a word you can use to rack up points in Scrabble, this one means someone is naive, simplistic, and superficial--he or she is dry and uninteresting.
Another word that is helpful in meetings, cavil means to make comments that are unnecessary and unhelpful. They're so trivial they make everyone fall asleep.
Yes, this word describes almost every teenager sending text messages. It means to engage in witty banter in a humorous way. It was probably created for Millennials.
What a perfect word to describe my life! Lucubrate means to work or study hard, especially at night. It has a scholarly origin, but works fine to describe my long Gmail sessions.
16. Mouse potato
It's two words, but just go with it. This phrase describes someone who sits and mindlessly surfs the web, usually with a mouse and without thinking too much about making any progress.
To be lucelent about a business objective, in an email, or on your resume means you have perfectly described something in a clear way. Congrats!
Another slang term that is perfectly apt, screenager means a teen who focuses on their screen too much. Someone actually wrote an entire book about this topic.
Wow, this word is so precise. It means someone has come up with an idea that makes sense, but it's not valuable enough to bother doing anything about it.
Boom, someone disappears from a meeting or on a sales call. It seems like magic, but it's just being absquatulate (or disappearing abruptly).
Another word that sounds like its meaning, argle-bargle is nonsense talk. If you use this to describe a recent text conversation, be ready for some funny looks.
22. Attic salt
I slipped in another phrase, but this one is so ideal. Next time you chat with the boss and she makes a dry, witty comment, mention that she has attic salt--a charming flash of wit.
Not technically an English word (it's West Indian), but a comess is a noisy, confusing situation. "We've got ourselves into quite a comess" could describe my work life.
The word gullible is overused. How about slipping gobemouche into a conversation or email? The word means someone who believes things too easily--a naive fool.
I'll end with this one, because it might prove helpful. Logomachy is an argument about words, which describes what might happen if you use any of the ones on this list.