“At the end of the day, you eat what you kill after holding their feet to the fire to bring to the table the low-hanging fruit on a going forward basis while thinking outside the box.”
Whoever spawned these senseless expressions needs to be sentenced to an eternity of hearing them over and over ceaselessly on a non-stop audiotape loop. When you string them together into a nonsensical sentence as I have above, the inanity is obvious.
Sadly, we may never know who begot these besotted banalities. However, I suspect there are many culprits, who if not the progenitors of this vacuous gibberish, are assuredly the ‘keepers of the dullard’s everlasting flame’ for persisting in their use.
I once worked at a place with a particularly egocentric leader. Yes, I know, who hasn’t worked for one of those? In any case, this bombastic boob reveled in his facile use of the language of the MBA-trained consultants he’d copiously consorted with and whose phrases he’d happily co-opted. His favorite idioms were “on a going forward basis” and “at the end of the day,” which he invoked so frequently we were often tempted to and did reply under our breaths, “and Hail Mary Full of Grace.”
Now that was a long time ago. But as these shopworn expressions continue to be widely employed, I resume recoiling each time they are used. Once they were only the province of supercilious business executives like the aforementioned former fearless leader, but now, such idioms like “low-hanging fruit” and “at the end of the day” are found from sports punditry to political speech to judicial opinions to everyday conversations.
Blame the MBAs.
I remain convinced these bromidic buzzwords were introduced and then perpetuated by business management consultants fresh from MBA Schools. Then they were adopted by their client business executives and then preserved and celebrated by sycophantic middle managers and their subordinates at countless office meetings. Thereafter, there was no looking back. The expressions became the stuff of management books and journals, and industry periodicals and then run-of-the-mill academics and their students. From there, the political classes and the general circulation media got a hold of the expressions. By then, the osmotic pressure was too great to hold back. Society was doomed.
Clearly, many people remain addicted to the use of this stupid jargon. Yes, they’re afraid to admit, “I’d could knock off the jargon but then I’d have nothing to say.”
It’s such simple shorthand. And in some circles, the jargon is a given. You’re expected to use it. It’s a “win-win” proposition that if you’re “going to be a part of the team” you use this doltish dialogue with your peers and superiors.
So if this is an addiction, you have to resolve it like one. In an addiction-recovery program, the first step is acknowledging our use of this jargon is a compulsion we are powerless to stop. And after making this sorry self-assessment, the next step is deciding to amend our errant ways and then turning ourselves over to the higher power of lucid communication.