Psychology at Work: Mind your language

Banning so-called 'weasel words' is just a recipe for poor decisions and stupid mistakes.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Last week, Forbes Magazine announced a definitive list of words that you shouldn’t say at work. Now, I’ve generally become aware, through years of painful learning, that directing four-letter words at your boss isn’t particularly helpful. Other than that, though, I have always believed that most words are fairly useful, depending on their context. Not according to Forbes. The magazine lists a number of words, including 'try' and 'if', and phrases such as 'I don’t know' and 'I’ll get back to you', that should instantly be hacked from our vocabulary. The point of the article, written by a psychotherapist and business consultant, is to highlight ‘weasel’ words and make those of us who use them feel suitably... [CONTINUED]

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Psychology at Work: Mind your language



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