• Peter Yawitz

Do I have speak in business buzzwords?

Dear Someone Else’s Dad,

At my company my bosses always use the phrase “de minimis,” which I had to look up, and now know that it means a trivial or insignificant amount. Everything is “De minimis damage after the storm ” or “De minimis response to our survey,” etc. Just recently a couple of people at my level started using the phrase whenever our bosses are there. It feels like they’re just sucking up to show they’re one of the good guys. Do I have say “de minimis” too (which sounds SO PHONY to me), or can I just say “not much,” “small amount,” or “virtually no change,” which seem more natural?

Thanks, A Little Bit Peeved

Dear LBP,

Yes, you can say whatever is most comfortable for you. I guarantee there will be de min-, uh, hardly any effect.


#businessbuzzwords #businesscliches #workadvice #advicefromsomeoneelsesdad #SomeoneElsesDad #workhumor #theoffice

8 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

What Should I Wear When I Return To Work?

Dear Someone Else’s Dad, I started my first job last year and have worked from home since Day One. We’re scheduled to return to the office this summer and I’m not sure how I should dress since people

dad@someoneelsesdad.com | New York 

©2019 AFSED All Rights Reserved | Privacy & Legal 

  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon
  • Grey YouTube Icon
  • Grey LinkedIn Icon