As we previously told you, a recent poll chose “giving 110%” as the most cringe-worthy office phrase folks hear from their bosses and colleagues, and a new poll seems to agree, although they have found other common jargon that is equally annoying.
The new survey asked folks what were the office phrases they found most annoying even though they were meant for encouragement, and “give 110%” once again topped the list with over 25% of professionals finding it annoying. Other top annoying phrases include “blue sky thinking” (19%), followed by “low-hanging fruit” (17%).
Top Ten Most Annoying Office Phrases
- Give 110 per cent - To go above and beyond what is expected of you
- Blue sky thinking - Brainstorming in an open-minded fashion
- Low hanging fruit - Getting the easiest work out of the way first
- Synergise - To work together collaboratively in order to be more effective
- Outside the box - To think imaginatively, using fresh ideas
- Square the circle - To achieve something that is considered impossible
- Ecosystem - A complex, interconnected network
- Atomise - To break something (eg. a problem) down into smaller units
- Bleeding edge - A new technology/ technique that comes with a degree of risk
- A lot of moving parts - A lot of departments/ moving components to manage at any one time
- And if you’re one of those people who use these common phrases, you may want to rethink things. The poll finds that 70% of people would like to see them scrapped completely, while 74% say they think colleagues use them just to make themselves sound more intelligent.
Source: Daily Mail
With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, lots of folks will be finalizing their holiday menu, and many people turn to the Internet for ideas and recipes to make their holiday feast perfect. Well, it turns out there are some holiday recipes on the web that are way more popular than others, and a new report reveals which ones folks seem most excited about this year.
The website JustAPinch has just revealed their list of the most popular Thanksgiving recipes on the web this year, featuring the most saved, viewed, shared, rated, and cooked recipes this season. Topping the list is a recipe called “2 Hour Turkey, Really!” from a home cook, which swears you can make up to a 22.5-pound turkey in just two hours. The key is to cook it in a very hot (475 degree) oven.
Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes On The Internet
- 2 Hour Turkey, Really! (Recipe from a home cook)
- Special Occasion Baked Mashed Potatoes (Recipe from a home cook)
- Connie's Baked Turkey Legs (Recipe from a home cook)
- Southern Baked Mac and Cheese (Recipe from food blog Divas Can Cook)
- Cheesy Onion Casserole: Best Thanksgiving Side Dish Ever (Recipe from food blog Inscrutibles)
- Pecan Pie Balls (Recipe from a home cook)
- Slow Cooker Turkey Breast (Recipe from food blog Southern Plate)
- Mom's Perfect Thanksgiving Stuffing (Recipe from a home cook)
- Loaded Mashed Potatoes Cake (Recipe from food blog Spend with Pennies)
- Easy Giblet Gravy (Recipe from a home cook)
- Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler (Recipe from food blog Lauren's Latest)
As most folks sit down to their Thanksgiving feast next week, there are some members of the family that will only be able to sit back and watch as everyone overeats – the family dog. All that food sitting on your table will be pretty tempting to your four-legged friend, but it turns out a lot of your meal isn’t really good for them. So unless you want to be making an emergency vet visit on Thanksgiving, you may to listen up and watch your pooch closely come dinner time.
While giving your dog a bite or two of turkey is fine, it’s important not to slip it to them under the table. Instead, put it in their bowl so as to not encourage their begging. But, make sure that turkey is plain, without any skin. The skin itself can be very greasy, and the fat content can trigger pancreatitis. Plus, any seasoning on the skin may upset your dog’s digestive system. Also, be sure to dispose of the turkey carcass carefully, because if your dog gets a hold of it they could choke on the bones.
And of course, keep your dog away from sweets, especially chocolate, which can be poisonous. Bakers and dark chocolate are the worst, and way more toxic than milk chocolate, while white chocolate isn’t really that bad, with a dog having to eat five pounds for every pound they weight to be in danger.
Other holiday foods that aren’t good for Fido include:
- Grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney damage, although why is still undetermined.
- Nuts, which have a high fat content that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis.
- Salty snacks can cause excessive thirst and urination, and if your pooch eats too much they could suffer from sodium ion poisoning.
- Garlic, onions and chives can irritate canine stomachs.
Source: USA Today
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a nerve-wracking experience, but the holiday is supposed to be a time to sit down and enjoy time with loved ones over dinner and give thanks. If you’re the one buying and cooking the turkey dinner this year, all that food adds up fast, but these tips can help you save on groceries so you can focus on the good times ahead.
- Plan far in advance - Take at least a week to plan your menu, then talk to guests to see what they’re bringing so you can figure out exactly what you’ll need to add to your shopping list.
- Check out the sales and compare prices - Do your research before you hit the grocery store by checking prices on supermarkets’ websites or sale flyers and getting any coupons you can use.
- Be flexible with your list - If something you were planning to make is breaking your budget, don’t be afraid to make some on-the-fly changes to the menu to make it work.
- Check off list items as you buy them - When your cart is full and so is the supermarket, you don’t want to be digging to the bottom of it to see if you already grabbed sage and you definitely don’t want to purchase anything twice, so check it off your list when you add something to the cart.
- Stick to a budget - It’s easy to go overboard, but a budget can help prevent that.
- Don’t buy a whole extra turkey - They suggest you get about one and a half to two pounds of turkey per guest, but you don’t need to get two turkeys to make sure you have enough. You can buy an extra turkey breast to guarantee you have enough food and save money too.
- Don't buy prepared items - It’s true for Thanksgiving shopping just like the rest of the year, making something from scratch is less expensive than buying it pre-made.
- Load up on the cheap stuff - Mashed potatoes are cheap and easy, so are rolls and stuffing, so have plenty of those around to fill up guests.
- Buy less than you think you’ll need - Have you ever been to a Thanksgiving celebration where they ran out of food? It doesn’t happen often, so you probably don’t really need that second batch of cornbread or sweet potato casserole.
- Cheap wine is fine - There’s no reason to spend more than $10 a bottle and most boxed wines are decent these days, so don’t be scared to save there. If anyone needs to drink something fancy, they can bring their own.
- Go generic - You can save with buying store brands and your guests won’t be able to tell the difference.
Source: The Daily Meal
We’re not even halfway through November yet, but according to a new study, Americans are already abandoning efforts to be healthy until next year. The research looked into the health and diets of 2,000 people as the holiday season approaches and found that as many as 45% say they’re waiting until 2019 to eat clean or lose weight.
The research, which was commissioned by Herbalife Nutrition and conducted by OnePoll, reveals that the average person gains six pounds in holiday weight, which makes sense when you consider 54% admit eating more than one Thanksgiving dinner in the same day. The survey also finds that four in 10 have eaten so much holiday food they’ve had to loosen a button on their pants, but somehow 12% of folks manage to make it through the season without gaining anything at all.
There’s something about the holidays that makes us give up on eating healthy, and 55% of those surveyed say they’ve broken a diet to indulge in some home-cooked holiday food. But it’s not just the holidays themselves that tempt us, the results show the average American will overeat on 13 different days between Thanksgiving to New Year.
- And even though so many of us have given up on trying to eat right in 2018, they’re still optimistic they can make better choices next year, with 54% saying they’ll be successful in staying healthy in 2019. Lots of Americans are going with the “start again in January” attitude, and 34% are already planning their New Year’s resolutions, which are - no surprise - to exercise more (71%), eat healthier (71%), and to focus on self-care (55%).
Source: New York Post