As the sun sets on 2018, a team at FitSmallBusiness.com compiled a list of the most overused expressions heard in the workplace. The top 18 include:

  1. Let’s circle back
  2. Shift the paradigm
  3. Ping me, or I’ll ping you
  4. Marinate on that
  5. Not my domain
  6. Let’s create synergy
  7. It’s in the pipeline
  8. It is what it is
  9. You need to own it
  10. It’s in your wheelhouse
  11. Will it scale?
  12. I have a 10,000-foot view
  13. You need to make headway
  14. It’s the Uber of…
  15. At the end of the day…
  16. Steer the ship
  17. Moving forward
  18. Let’s pivot

This is not to be confused with a previously published list of the most cringeworthy phrases overheard in the office compiled in a survey conducted by OnePoll and Jive Communications. It ranks phrases and words uttered in the workplace most likely to evoke an emotional or physical (i.e., eye rolling, gagging) response from coworkers.

Based on data about the communication behaviors of 2,000 U.S. workers, researchers concluded that the following are the worst words/phrases uttered in the workplace:

1. Give 110 percent

2. Think outside the box

3. Hammer it out

4. Heavy lifting

5. Throw them under the bus

6. Don't count your chickens before they've hatched

7. Pushing the envelope

8. Let the cat out of the bag

9. Let's circle back

10. Win-win situation

11. Blue-sky thinking

12. Boil the ocean

13. Synergy

14. Low-hanging fruit

15. Take it to the next level

16. Barking up the wrong tree

17. Going forward

18. Let's ballpark this

19. Run this up the flagpole

20. Back to square one

21. There's no I in team

22. Back to the drawing board

23. Paradigm shift

24. Elephant in the room

25. Raise the bar

26. Drill down

27. Best thing since sliced bread

28. Deep dive

29. Skin in the game

30. Reach out

31. Touch base

32. Play hardball

33. Don't reinvent the wheel

34. Kept in the loop

35. The bottom line

36. Down the road

37. I'll loop you in

38. Hit the nail on the head

39. ASAP

40. Team player

To contact the author of this article, email mdonlon@globalspec.com