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CHAT Re: Hyperambiguity

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Thursday, January 23, 2003, 4:19
Teoh wrote:
>ROTFL!! > >Reminds me of how web-economy people who don't know what they're talking >about love generic verbs like "render", "leverage", etc.. Apparently you >can "render" anything and "leverage" anything. Eg, "leverage B2B >deliverables", "conceptualize collaborative communities",
(snip other painful expressions)
>For politics, I guess you'll have things like "leverage strategic >friendships" (gang up with our allies to screw you over), "mobilize >freedom-protecting initiatives" (war in the name of peace), "incubate >multi-lateral decisions" (
>Actually, it's scary how similar the two are! :-P
Ah but, this too shall pass. It's just the old "one from column A, one from column B" approach (it works in academe too ;-( ) There's probably a manual published somewhere, updated regularly.. A while back, "innovative" and "results-oriented" were the business catchwords. Does anyone remember "at that point in time". Safire's "On Language" essays in the Sunday NYTimes have been pointing out a lot of the most recent ones. WACAGOT (weeping and cringeing and gnashing of teeth)