Here for your edification and amusement is a summary of the list compiled a couple of posts ago by your humble and assorted commenters of the weasel words we most abominate at this point in time, going forwards:
actioning **NEW** 'Bored clerks have been actioning agenda items for some time now.'
at the coalface -- 'a glib little meaningless number which should only be applied to coal mines'
at the end of the day, 'except for those rare and precious crepuscular moments'
Aussie battler (with or without 'little') -- 'Though with rising interest rates, IR changes etc etc they're an endangered species, so it may drop from parlance without a helping shove.'
connection 'as it applies to fancying someone the utterer met on a reality TV programme ... The next time I hear some adolescent vacuum say "we really made a connection" I swear I will put my fist through the screen.'
devoted to his/her family, to mean 'married at least 3 times and have abandoned at least 2 kids to "move on" - "find yourself" and "now realise what fatherhood /motherhood can be and enjoying spending quality time with my (new) offspring"'
edgy to mean anything but 'jumpy and twitchy'
engage 'without a ring in sight'
fulsome wrongly used (as it nearly always is) to mean 'really, really, really a lot'
going forwards -- as distinct from going backwards, which, as we know, businesses do often also do. See also retromingent, below.
investment to mean 'We have charged you $850 to spend an hour drawing meaningless crayon doodles on butcher's paper, suckahs!'
journey to mean any new experience, particularly on a reality TV show
lifestyle (almost always refers to a life with no discernible style)
literally to mean 'really, really, really a lot', as in 'He was literally killed in that passage of play, and may have to spend the rest of the game on the bench.'
line in the sand
on the same page
outcomes (is this the opposite of incomes?)
pain except in the literal physical sense, as in 'I've felt no pain since I met my best friend Codeine'
take that offline
touch base **NEW**
the real me
Like most dead metaphors, these things were vivid figures of speech when first they were used; so vivid, in fact, that they caught on big-time. The whole purpose of metaphor is to make the abstract concrete: to provide an image that will give you an instant understanding of what's meant. Places like the coalface, the same page and the line in the sand, even now when these metaphors have officially carked it, still arise as images in our minds to show us exactly where we are in a conflict, a project or a transaction. But when repeated often enough, they become totally meaningless, as when you say the word 'purple' over and over again.
It's not that we don't get it. It's just that it drives us bonkers.
But here are some words we like:
retromingent 'but that one is particularly hard to find a use for', says Mousicles. Pav had to look it up; it means 'urinating backwards'. Could this be the logical opposite of 'going forwards'?
schadenfreude This German word is pronounced SHAR-den-froy-duh and transliterates as 'shame-joy', referring to the guilty pleasure you feel when something dreadful happens to someone you don't like.