Six clichéd business terms that should be banned from the office

Every office worker knows at least one bit of clichéd business-speak that they would be happy to never hear again. Members of the business community were asked if there were any other sayings they hear around the boardroom (or the water cooler or the neighboring desk) that they found particularly egregious. Read ahead and find out what they had to say:

6. Value-add

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An Indian counts dollar bills at a foreign exchange shop in New Delhi.

"Value-add" is a term used to describe a cool extra feature within a product that appears to carry no additional cost for the buyer. Ellen Jovin, co-founder of Syntaxis in New York City, said that part of why she objects to this term is the people who use it.

"I am least fond of 'value-adds,'" she said. "As in, 'what are the value-adds?' If you ask people who use the term to define it, they twist themselves into verbal knots attempting to do so, often with an air of condescension that the meaning isn't immediately apparent to the listener."

For more clichéd business jargon, visit CNBC's full list:

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