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Language guides you through the labyrinth of communication. It is well known that the more your facility with language, the more the chances that you would not need to grope through this labyrinth. Negotiation comes easier to you. Putting your point across becomes a breeze. Is it a wonder that companies are spending huge amounts of money that their employees right down the company hierarchy have keener language acuity? But did you know that recent evidence shows that continuously challenging ourselves to gain more facility with language inhibits brain atrophy?

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It may come as a shock that a lot of folks aren’t able to read the Time magazine. Why? Because they are hamstrung by their limited vocabulary. Let’s take the case of Time magazine’s May 25, 2009 Asia Pacific edition. In this edition we came across the following thirty six words among others:

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Some words have been abused so much in the Corporate World that they have become a joke. They just don’t mean anything anymore. Also, there is corporatese (here I go again, trying to mimic a pattern to invent a word; if there can be legalese why can’t there be coporatese?) where words are masqueraded as metaphors and idioms of life by tweaking (tweaking is another ugh!) their usage.  But with overuse these notional words have degenerated to jargon. Here is a list compiled by David Silverman of Harvard Business Review. He gives the primordial meanings of these words. My own favorite, which did not make to David’s list, is ‘proactive’. I have added proactive in the end

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Some words have been abused so much in the Corporate World that they have become a joke. They just don’t mean anything anymore. Also, there is corporatese (here I go again, trying to mimic a pattern to invent a word; if there can be legalese why can’t there be coporatese?) where words are masqueraded as metaphors and idioms of life by tweaking (tweaking is another ugh!) their usage.  But with overuse these notional words have degenerated to jargon. Here is a list compiled by David Silverman of Harvard Business Review. He gives the primordial meanings of these words. My own favorite, which did not make to David’s list, is ‘proactive’. I have added proactive in the end

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