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ChrisMurphy
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11/25/2013 | 1:31:02 PM
Re: "The Ask"
We use a lot of these to talk about bad things without being blunt. Add "issues" when we're talking about problems, and "impact" when we mean hurt. ("This could impact results." Geez, I hope so, or else why would we do it!)
Susan Fogarty
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11/25/2013 | 12:51:04 PM
Re: "The Ask"
I couldn't agree more with these terms, as well as "the ask." And I think we should include "incentivize," especially when it is used as a euphemism for "bribe."

I had a former manager who would frequently tell me to "deprioritize" projects she assigned me but then decided were a dumb idea. I don't have fond memories of her, but I do find deprioritizing comes in handy sometimes :)
RobPreston
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11/25/2013 | 12:41:57 PM
Re: "The Ask"
Most of these words and terms are just lazy bureaucrat-speak, but "prepone" is from another planet. 
Laurianne
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11/25/2013 | 11:14:33 AM
"The Ask"
Well-played, sir! But no mention of my new pet peeve, "the ask" -- as in "Here's the ask." Or: "The ask is not that big."

I told someone this weekend that the ask is the new pivot.

In other words, I ask that "the ask" goes away. And let's not prepone that.
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