The words we use are important. And, they're even more important when the boss is around. If you are in a meeting, try using the following words in everyday conversation. They all have one thing in common: They show you are literate and perceptive enough to choose the right words at the right time, and that means you will also complete projects on time, lead your own team, and keep the company moving forward.
Is something currently in a state of being admired? Then it has some cachet. The word popped up in business writing about eight years ago, then went into hiding. If you resurrect it, be ready to explain what you mean of defend a word that was once way overused.
This commonly known word deserves some extra attention. It might feel like it's overused, but it can help if you explain what the word literally means, especially in the music field. It's true meaning is a movement from one thing to another with no transition. In meetings, that's pure gold.
I like the word defer because it holds a lot of weight in a business context. It's all about humble submission, the ability to assign respect. If you say you will defer to Ted in accounting to approve expense accounts, you're empowering him.
"Can you crystallize that for me?" will make your question stand out in a meeting. First, it's an unusual word--it means to make something become clear. It's highly specific and vaguely scientific at the same time, especially when you use it in a business context.
What I like about this word if it crops up in a business meeting is that it can help everyone understand why a topic is confusing. An anomaly is something that's difficult to classify, but maybe that's because it's brand new and innovative (like, say, your idea).
Go ahead and call something a screed in a meeting. The word means a speech or written piece that is overly long and tedious. "The screed our marketing team wrote is not going to work" is an interesting choice of words, especially if someone from marketing has a dictionary handy.
Claimed successfully by the well-known software company, the word intuit is one you can reclaim during a meeting. It means you are understanding something by instinct. You could intuit from the boss that the sales process he developed is going to work wonders.
Implicitly understood information is the best kind. If you're in a meeting, tell everyone you have tacit knowledge over the product development process or the recent investor round. It means you have learned it over time by paying attention to details, and--quite honestly--that improves your standing at the company tenfold.