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We need to dialogue around

Thursday, 14 April, 2016

dialogue around [phrasal verb]: to take part in a conversation to resolve a problem. Example: “Steve, we need to dialogue around your choice of office attire.”

The awful “dialogue around” is up there with “action” as a verb: “You can’t call her now. She’s actioning the deliverables.” The adjective “amped”, meaning to be excited about something, is in the same category: “They’re really amped about the new site.”

Business communications would be a lot easier if people dropped the jargon. On the other hand, if you want to speak “corporate”, the Center for Corporate Studies talks the talk of those who disintermediate, enthuse and incent.


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