Mark Mason

Check yourself: have you succumbed to this corporate speak epidemic?

Soon the day will arrive when someone asks ‘Would it be OK if myself puts yourself on hold?’

You know how it goes with corporate speak. A strange new habit grows and spreads, creeping largely unnoticed into the language, until one day you hear a sentence so bizarre, so divorced from normality, that it brings you up short. It happened to me the other day. A call centre operative, in the middle of a prolonged display of not being able to help, had to check something with a colleague.

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