"Business English" was once a term for simple, no-frills communication, English with its sleeves rolled up for action. Now it means obfuscatory circumlocutions pussyfooting periphrasis, "and etc.," to use a phrase I keep encountering in the writing of MBAs. Let's see if you are executive timber, middle-management material. Can you create business jargon to substitute for each of these simple phrases? Some suggestions appear in Answers and Solutions at the end of this issue.
Ashley, Leonard R.N.
Word Ways: Vol. 15
, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol15/iss4/15