Yesterday I wrote (dot #3118) about business jargon that should be deleted from your vocabulary. It may seem like an impossible task as some of the words are engrained in our communication and naturally flow into our conversations without a thought.

But a recent post from @adgrayvisions reminds us that common words do in fact fade out of usage. You may have heard some of these gems spoken by your parents or grandparents, but have you heard any of these doozies lately:

  • Britches
  • Rigmarole
  • Hoodwink
  • Fiddle-faddle
  • Lollygag
  • Skedaddle
  • Fiddlesticks
  • Poppycock
  • Bamboozled
  • Bejeebers

Chances are that you have not spoken these words but they were all part of the natural conversations in days past. Words, just as with fads or trends, come in and out of favor. Make sure your vocabulary doesn’t make you sound like an old codger who is flummoxed by nincompoops when they speak a more contemporary language.





I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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