Beware: Lots of jargon ahead.

By Samantha Zabell
Updated February 12, 2016
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Rebecca Hart

What office jargon makes you cringe? Do you roll your eyes when someone says they are "checking in" (a.k.a.: bugging you) about a project? Do you sigh every time somebody wants to "circle back" (a.k.a.: hover)? And there's nothing worse than an inbox full of people wanting to "touch base" on a Monday morning.

Learning how to subtly get your message across is pretty much part of office training. You know what key phrases ("looping in," "ping me," "jump on a call") have double meanings. We've come up with an annotated version of the most passive-aggressive email you could ever receive. Feel free to print this out and hang it at your desk as a reminder to your coworkers that you know exactly what they're trying to say.


Rebecca Hart