Word Ways


"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.