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A tasteless reference to the Jonestown Massacre of 1978, this expression means to blindly accept something, such as a company’s “mission statement.” Robotic allegiance is bad enough; coming up with tactless expressions for it is horrendous. Click here to cast your vote in the Forbes "Jargon Madness" bracket.
This expression is so suffused with phoniness it churns the stomach. Corporations don’t have values, the people who run them do. Click here to cast your vote in the Forbes "Jargon Madness" bracket.
To approach a business problem in an unconventional fashion. Kudos to a Forbes.com reader who suggested:
"Forget the box, just think."
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The saying apparently comes from the earlier days of bowling before machines set pins automatically.
One needed to get his “ducks in a row” before hurling a weighty ball down the alley. Better: At work,
“make a plan”; then later, if you’d like, “go bowling.”
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This means to waste time. The thinking here, we suppose, is that boiling the ocean would take a long time. It would also take a long time to fly to Jupiter, but we don't say that. Nor should we boil oceans, even the Arctic, which is the smallest. It would be a waste of time. Click here to cast your vote in the Forbes "Jargon Madness" bracket.
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