There are just some words that you hear over and over that don’t mean anything and just drive you crazy. If you had the power, what word or words would you eliminate from the English language?


From time to time in Decision Central, I like to discuss some of the common buzzwords that we encounter as IT professionals. It’s fun to try to dig into them and see exactly what’s meant by them.

Words are supposed to mean things, but buzzwords can often just hide the true meaning of what’s intended. Occasionally there’s a good idea or concept behind the term, and there’s no better alternative. However, so often marketers try to use and twist the words into things that just make it easier for them to sell stuff.

What buzzword would you get rid of?

We do have this thing called the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech (most of the time). So that means that we don’t have the power to get rid of annoying words and phrases, but it’s always nice to dream.

If you had the power to eliminate a buzzword, what would it be? And what would you put in its place? Take the poll below and choose the word you’d get rid of:

Unfortunately, the poll allows you to make only one choice. And the words I’ve chosen are pretty limited. I didn’t want to make the list too long. If you have any words to add to the list, select Other and put them in the Comment section.

Maybe I’ll even choose some of your options and see if we can’t decipher them as well.