Talk Corporate to Me

Let’s face it, we college students can use “bizarre” lingo that only makes sense to us. We use words that we hear from songs, social media and other trendy influences. For example words like “lit”, “extra” and “boujie” aren’t usually understood by the common person. In college what we say is language that our peers comprehend because we are similar in age. However, entering the workforce, we are surrounded by people of varying ages. When I first started at my internship, I felt like the outsider who didn’t understand what my boss was communicating to other employees during meetings.

After about two weeks, I began picking up on the corporate language that she would use. Nothing felt foreign to me and it helped knowing what some office lingo meant after reading Alexandra Levit’s They Don’t Teach Corporate in College.

It’s been about six weeks into the internship and I have been noticing myself using office jargon when I talk to coworkers.


For those of you who are interested in expanding your corporate vocabulary, The Office Life offers some business jargon that can be found in The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary. Yes, apparently that is a thing. But as they say, in order to walk the walk, you have to talk the talk.

Malia Ito


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