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Business Slang: Top 10 Worst “-ize” Words

Business Slang: Top 10 Worst “-ize” Words

by Frank Roche on February 18, 2008

in Business Slang

Business Slang10 “-ize” words _________.
(fill in the blank)
10 “-ize” words that must die.
10 “-ize” words that make me cry.
10 “-ize” words I want to pulverize.

Why do so many business slang words end with “-ize”?
I dunno. But, enough of my complaining. Time for the list.

Ten “-ize” words that HR should ban from business
10. Featurize. Hiring managers may featurize jobs (add unnecessary features) thinking it makes them more attractive to candidates. For example, “You’ll be working 10-12 hours a day, sitting in this cubicle, but we’ll featurize and order you a new Aeron™ chair as soon as you accept the offer.”
9. Proceduralize. In the name of efficiency, managers often proceduralize processes – they make rules about how to do things so work becomes routine (boring?).
8. Supersize. Everyone knows this one. Contrary to popular belief, “Supersize it” is not proper English! Thanks McDonald’s.
7. Genericize / Anonymize. Great, there are two “ize” slang words that mean pretty much the same thing – to take away all distinguishing characteristics. So, bad managers can genericize reports and then take the credit. Or, good consultants may anonymize reports to get rid of the names of specific people. Either way, why not just clean the document? There’s no need to slaughter helpless words.
6. Productize. Companies productize services or technology to sell it to outside customers. Clever employees may do the same thing inside companies. HR is usually a cost center. So, they know better than almost any group of employees that when times are tough, it’s better to be helping your company make products. Hmmm – productize the comp cycle?
5. Operationalize. Um… this is a long way of saying “to do”? What could be more clear “than do”? I’m glad Yoda didn’t say “Try not. Operationalize.”
4. Templatize. As my son would say… OB-vi-ous. Even though it’s obvious that this means to make a template, do we need this word?
3. Bulletize. Who’s leading this language revolution? And who’s following? To make a list into bullet points. Just shoot me.
2. Calendarize. Schedule… or mark on your calendar. Who calendarizes? Lots and lots of people. Not me.
1. INCENTIVIZE. I can’t get this business slang word out of my head. I cringe when I hear it. The word you’re looking for is motivate.

10 “ize” words I despise! Business slang at its worst.

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