Back in February I said that I would start posting the evil buzzwords that I hear all day long. Then, I moved back to a different office branch. By July, I had calmed down. Well, that ended. Although I have been in the buzzword-filled office branch for only half a week, they are back with a vengeance and assaulting my eardrums until I can feel them scratching the back of my eyes.
Let's start this with one of the two buzzwords that are the bane of my existence: leverage.
What it means:
- The action of a lever.
- The mechanical advantage of a lever.
- Positional advantage; power to act effectively
- The use of credit or borrowed funds to improve one's speculative capacity and increase the rate of return from an investment, as in buying securities on margin.
- To provide (a company) with leverage.
- To supplement (money, for example) with leverage.
- To improve or enhance
Source: American Heritage Dictionary via the Free Dictionary
What my company thinks it means:
- To use
Sentence used in my office:
Context: I wrote a GUI that connects to a microcontroller I programmed. The microcontroller sits on a data bus in our system and dumps the raw information on the bus out to the PC for debugging purposes. "Say I want to leverage [your software] to be able to leverage [your device] and collect data. Could I leverage that data as the example protocol data for [my paper] going forward?"
How this sentence could have been said:
"Could I use data from [your software] and [your device] as the protocol example in [my paper]?"
I swear to Cthulhu that this phrase was prattled at me. And, similar to Cthulhu, hearing this question destroyed part of my sanity.