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"Going forward"...

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MissMoneyPlant Sun 12-Nov-17 11:15:25

AIBU that this phrase makes me simultaneously want to scream and giggle hysterically?
I don't even know why... I think W1A might have done it to me!

disahsterdahling Sun 12-Nov-17 11:59:43

It's not as bad as "excited for" or "reaching out to".

I can live with "going forward" though I kind of know what you mean about it.

AlecTrevelyan006 Sun 12-Nov-17 12:28:59

Yes, no, absolutely.

Jayfee Sun 12-Nov-17 12:32:29

Shall we run it up the flagpole and discuss

HulaMelody Sun 12-Nov-17 12:36:44

We have ‘take things forward’. No, what you mean is ‘do it’. Just say ‘do it’.

I have a manager who is obsessed with ‘having a conversation/discussion’ and relays the results of such but always prefaced with the term ‘very senior manager’ or similar as he is desperate for us to know that he mixes with the important people.

ComingUpTrumps Sun 12-Nov-17 13:17:07

Ugh I hate 'reaching out' 🙈 Don't mind 'going forward' too much - I've used it a couple of times to mean something like 'from now on' - guilty as charged blush

What I HATE WITH A PASSION is when people use corporate-speak when they're not at work angry

shivermytimbers Sun 12-Nov-17 13:19:11

Shall we put a pin in that one while we push the envelope and do some bluesky thinking? We might be able to reimagine this!

BackforGood Sun 12-Nov-17 13:30:38

I do love WA1, but don't object to 'going forward' - I think it's perfectly acceptable to say 'well, however we've got here / whatever has happened up to no, from now on, we'll.....'

Hohofortherobbers Sun 12-Nov-17 13:39:11

I hate being asked to "feed back" to colleagues regarding meetings o have represented us at. Can't stand the phrase. Sounds really unpleasant

TheQueenOfWands Sun 12-Nov-17 13:42:10

Seven excellent seasons of Sons Of Anarchy was ruined by them constantly 'reaching out' to people.

Just say you're 'going to phone them,' FFS.

Lukeandlorelai4Ever Sun 12-Nov-17 13:43:27

Same here! That phrase grinds my gears

HidingBehindTheWallpaper Sun 12-Nov-17 13:50:43

I hate ‘reaching out’. It’s ok in the context of someone who is distant and to contact them is a struggle. Or contacting someone who is upset and needs support.

But when I’ve emailed a company I’ve not ‘reached out’ to them.

It sounds hateful in dramas. ‘Ok, I’m going to reach out to Jeff and see if he can pick us up in the morning.’

tehmina23 Sun 12-Nov-17 14:04:21

I hate 'going forward'.

MadisonAvenue Sun 12-Nov-17 14:07:18

Hate 'going forward' and 'reaching out'

LakieLady Sun 12-Nov-17 14:08:02

"Going forward" riles me beyond belief. Wtf is wrong with "in future" or "from now on"?

I'm also starting to hate "let's unpack that". Unpacking is for shopping, luggage and the car. Nothing else.

Fffion Sun 12-Nov-17 14:08:52

What I don't like about "going forward" is that it is generally used to avoid reflecting on the past.

Judashascomeintosomemoney Sun 12-Nov-17 14:10:24

Going forward?
Yes, exactly, yes.
We LOVE going forward.
Going forward? Yeah, no, cool, yeah, cool.
I'm not being funny but don’t we always go forward?
Yes, exactly, yes.
We LOVE repitition.
Yeah, no, cool, yeah, cool.
What it is right, is, it’s about going forwards, ooh what am I like?
If ever there was an opportunity for us, going forward, to stand tall and make a big, bold statement about how much we value the idea of going forward, then surely this is it.

AnnieOH1 Sun 12-Nov-17 14:20:18

Hmm. Just taking a couple of other ways of saying the same thing "from now on" and "in future", both of those to my ear sound harsh. They sound more didactic and "I'm going to tell you what to do now..." and ideas of an old fashioned school teacher type dynamic. Whereas "going forward" feels and sounds to my ear more inclusive. It's more a case of drawing a line on whatever has gone wrong, and saying "going forward we'll do it this way". The latter being the way I would prefer to deal with staff. Just my two pence =)

Whitegrenache Sun 12-Nov-17 14:23:30

I have had a new colleague use the phrases “de rigour” and COP this week on emails
COP is close of play apparently...
Boils my piss

juddyrockingcloggs Sun 12-Nov-17 14:39:51

My old workplace was full of this sort of speak. Made me want to retch.

Going forward into the new world
Park it and move on
Blue sky thinking
Put our heads together for a brain storm.


juddyrockingcloggs Sun 12-Nov-17 14:40:54

Also, at the end of every Friday they had a meeting to discuss the week and called it ‘the weekly wash up’.

LoveVintage Sun 12-Nov-17 14:41:45

Yes!! Can't stand "going forward" or "reaching out". And don't even start me on "business journey".

MissMoneyPlant Mon 13-Nov-17 19:52:02

Love don't even start me on "business journey"

Ooh yes! Lots of inappropriate journeys around...

HeadDreamer Mon 13-Nov-17 19:55:29

I’m ok with going forward and reaching out. They are normal speech now in work places.

The ones that bugs me are user journeys. I’m sure it’s sonething similar to business journeys. Except ours is used about customers. What’s with all the journeys? Oh and users aren’t users now. They are personas.

HeadDreamer Mon 13-Nov-17 19:56:39

I’m not making it up

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