I was going through my corporate notebook today. It’s a hard-covered ledger where I take my notes from meeting to meeting. In the back I capture interesting nostalgia from corporate life — bingo words, quotes, experiences.
I had a guy work for me that was a Cliche Master. Here are JUST a few I captured. Don’t ask me what some of them mean!
Shake the 8 ball
Hit the Nail on the head
Whisper from the Lietenant
Circle the Wagons
Belly up to the bar
Strafed into that
Tree top discussion
Could you be a gem…
Fly caught in the soup
Real storm brewing…clouds on the horizon
I’d rather lick chalk in the rain
Rally the troops
Blocking and tackling
There are some more in here from a few anonymous co-workers:
We don’t want to waste emotion on that
We have to table set the org announcement
Put some wood behind this arrow
The hamster in the snake
Bucketize the gluttony of resumes
Landscape of unmanaged problems
Don’t want Mike to spin his mental power
Spastic recovery effort
Can you walk in a windstorm
Did you all decide on the trackey-poos
When what’s his face was our manager
Dripping in wittiness
I’ve got to discuss an armpit topic
You like your nuts, don’t you? [female co-worker, referring to peanuts on my desk]
…are those the nuts you’ve had for the past year?
Our rating system creates feelings that don’t add value
He’s kind of like farting along
Another really thing that’s important
[consulting firm name here] wrote this…I’m not sure what it means. But should we ask for that?
…I’m not sure they knew either.
I’m sure I’m working with some of the smartest people in corporate America…but sometimes we don’t sound like it, eh?