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If you work in an office then there's no doubt that a few of these phrases have been uttered to you.

From 'touching base' to 'getting all our ducks in a row', you've probably heard these thousands of times.

And now, we know which ones are the most annoying.

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A new report by Glassdoor surveyed 2,000 employees in a bid to find out what words grind their gears, and there's a lot.

Here's a list of the most annoying office jargon, along with the percentage of annoyance:

  • Touch base – 24 per cent

  • We're on a journey – 13 per cent

  • Game changer – 13 per cent

  • No-brainer – 13 per cent

  • Thought shower – 11 per cent

  • If you don't like it get off the bus – 10 per cent

  • Mission statement – 10 per cent

  • Let's get our ducks in a row – 9 per cent

Never using these phrases again is a no-brainer… wink, wink. (Sorry, had to).



Love them or hate them – these words and quotes made up our entire year.

From strange beginnings in viral videos, or celebs' wacky wording, it’s been a hell of a year for colloquial quips.

Here are our favourites:

1. Sorry not sorry
This one is great when you shouldn’t really have said what you just said, but your feelin’ feisty, so whatever.

2. Basic
An insulting term for girls who like Starbucks, nice nail art, Uggs, Yankee Candles and everything else nice in this life. #notbothered

3. Conscious uncoupling
We can thank Gwyneth Paltrow for this little gem. When she separated from Chris Martin earlier this year, this was the term she chose to use. They were SO over.

4. I can’t even
One that has been around for a few years admittedly, but has really come into its own this year. Use this when you are so overcome with a certain emotion that you just…can’t even.

5. Turn down for what
Following the release of a song by the song name from Lil Jon and DJ Snake, even Michelle Obama turned down for what. Except she made it about eating veg and changed it to 'turn up' and danced with a turnip…

6. Eyebrows on fleek
When your eyebrows are lookin’ good and on point, they’re on fleek. Made popular by this viral video:

7. Surfboardt
Beyoncé made this word famous after her song Drunk In Love.

8. Bae
A sweet term of endearment for your other half.

9. Bye Felicia
Someone you don’t really have much time for is known as ‘Felicia’… Bye Felicia appeared on  LOT of Vines this year. Here’s Nicole Richie explaining it perfectly:

10. Thirsty
Used perfectly by Taylor Swift on Twitter recently, ‘Thirsty’ means desperate. One NEVER wants to be described as ‘thirsty’.

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