The work environment requires not only for us to be polite but also use professional jargon that can be confusing and not quite necessary. But that’s just corporate culture and people go with the flow, creating over the top, politically correct ways of saying things that in real life would be said as bluntly as possible to make sure the other person got it.

Not all of us have the gift of coming up with intricate ways of hiding their true feelings behind layers of seemingly respectful words that couldn’t offend people, but we have our virtual work bestie to help us.

She created a fun TikTok series in which she gives her colleague some phrases to translate into professional jargon and it is quite impressive how a casual phrase filled with annoyance can be turned to something sounding so civil.

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tw 72
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4 months ago

I also like: "F@ck around and find out" as "I don't think that course of action will provide the results that you expect"

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The virtual work bestie, or loewhaley on TikTok and Instagram, is actually Laura Whaley, an IT consultant from Toronto, Canada. She now has 1.7 million people following her on TikTok and 1.4 million followers on Instagram.

On her social media, Laura is known for her work-related content. She started creating videos in 2020 when a lot of workers moved their offices to their homes and had to adapt to a new style of working. She based her videos on the challenges that rose from such a sudden change and people loved her sense of humor and relatability.

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Eric Law
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4 months ago

Thus opening the door for your employer to "expand your role" without expanding your paycheck.

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4 months ago

I sometimes explain why it won't work. Among the approaches: "These are my concerns: "; "If you go with that idea, these are the issues that can come up".

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You could say that her most successful videos are the ones titled “How Do You Say” that turned into a full series. The videos are garnering millions of views and people are very impressed with the knowledge they get.

In this series, Laura sits in front of the computer and she asks her colleague who is on the call to translate various phrases into professional language to sound polite and not to offend anyone.

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Celesta
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4 months ago

I would alter that to say "will not be acknowledged". Obviously, it may be seen (text messages ect), but that doesn't mean it has to be acknowledged.

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4 months ago

Or in way fewer words: "So you DO like my idea!" (with a huge smile)

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The colleague quickly comes up with witty and intricate phrases to express your frustrations, because we all think about them, but have to restrain ourselves from sounding them off as they are in our minds.

Not only does he make the phrases not sound mean and make you feel as if you're talking with an intelligent person, he also makes the sentences unnecessarily long. Molly Young, a writer for Vulture, says that “the point of these phrases is to fill space. No matter where I’ve worked, it has always been obvious that if everyone agreed to use language in the way that it is normally used, which is to communicate, the workday would be two hours shorter.”

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4 months ago

I greatly appreciate your ability to wait on an answer for this...

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Sheyanne Valiante
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4 months ago

I don't work somewhere we have to be professional so I shorten it to "you're gonna have to talk to [Boss] about that"

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Richard Black
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4 months ago

I ask so many questions because I'm not confidenr making suggestions on how to proceed. Sorry !!

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However, it is hard to not pick up such language in the workplace if it’s used there, even though people don’t really like it or even understand it all. Bored Panda has an article on various buzzwords people hate hearing at work and a couple of HR experts’ opinions on the topic.

It may be that people despise corporate language, but they love the videos as they show the absurdity of it all. They are also quite useful because sometimes you don’t have a choice but to adapt to the lingo that is common to use in a company.

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kcanded
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4 months ago

Fantastic response.

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4 months ago

"Well, you tried. Live and learn."

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4 months ago

Ooooh I like this one!

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The series has been going strong for quite a while and it seems that Laura won’t be running out of ideas because the comments are full of suggestions on what to translate next.

What do you think of these translations? Will you try and incorporate them in your own workplace? Which one was your favorite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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4 months ago

It takes me a bit longer than most people to write an email: I organize the info and questions, reread it, edit, space it, bold and use colour if that helps. I don't like getting a lot of emails back and forth. I'd rather spend more time composing one and less on sorting a zillion emails.

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Cyndielouwhoo
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4 months ago

Or...this is above my pay grade.

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E B
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4 months ago

As per our previous correspondence...

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TEDDEHBEAR!!!!
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4 months ago

I like it, but i had to mentally add my own punctuation.

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Cat Logic
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4 months ago

Smack!

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that.bitch.mae
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4 months ago

Unless you wanna pay me overtime. Then I'm all in 😏

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Zophra
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4 months ago

If nothing else, you have a copy of that communication that you tried if an authority tries to pin the blame on you for an uncompleted project.

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kcanded
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4 months ago

Oh, smooth!

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TEDDEHBEAR!!!!
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4 months ago

Also known as the 37th of NEVER!

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Suzanne Haigh
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4 months ago

OW !

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RedCorvette
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4 months ago

Or say Noted. lmao

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Scott Crowell
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4 months ago

Sets Zoom meeting anyways!

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Jason Henninger
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4 months ago

Please see my prior correspondence, attached below, for the information requested....

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Jason Henninger
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4 months ago

The details of your project are unclear. Please provide clarification as to scope, impact and timeline for deliverables.

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Brenda
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4 months ago

This is not my area of interest. Let me find someone to help you

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Suzanne Haigh
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4 months ago

No punctuation made this difficult to understand initially

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Bonny Saxon
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4 months ago

So 'get your thumbs out of your a*s' was too much?

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Brenda
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4 months ago

I'm unclear about this. Would you please explain how you came to this conclusion/explain your reasoning?

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Brenda
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4 months ago

Sorry we have been unable to connect. Please let me know when is a better time to contact you and your preferred method of contact. I'm happy to work with your schedule

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