Ever heard of B.S. Bingo? Kinder, gentler circles refer to it as Buzzword Bingo. In my younger (and admittedly, more immature and foolish) days as a manager, we would covertly play the corporate version of this game at staff meetings.
You print out sheets like Buzzword_Bingo (make sure they are arranged differently with variations of placement and words) and mark the square when the word is used by someone in the meeting. Match 5 in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally before anyone else and you’re a winner. Instead of yelling “BINGO!”, which would have been a dead giveaway, we would use a code word or phrase like “outstanding” or “that’s thinking out of the box” (which was often a square in itself).
OVERUSED WORDS ARE… WELL… OVERUSED
While I don’t recommend playing this game anymore, it was a response to the silly desire to sound like you knew what you were talking about by using whatever vernacular was considered “smart” or “hip” for the moment. I thought this practice would go away someday but I was clearly wrong.
Proof of this is LinkedIn’s annual list of most overused words in their profiles. The full article is here. This year’s list looks like this:
How many of these are in your profile? Let me know while I go make a few
strategic creative innovative updates to mine…