10 most annoying words Gen Z should stop using at work



A new survey from language learning platform Preply let Canadian corporate employees slay their 20something co-workers over their “overused” generational jargon at work — and vice versa.

“Ping you” topped the workplace jargon no-no list, based on 1,002 responses, while Gen Z is accused of overusing “G.O.A.T.”

When Gen Z respondents were asked about clichéd terms, the generation who thinks they invented walking without headphones cited “period.”

92% of the 20somethings claim to use corporate jargon at work, however, 20% of them say these buzzwords confuse them.

Talk about annoying — these are the top 10 most annoying Gen Z should stop using at work, as per the survey.

1. G.O.A.T. 

An acronym for “Greatest of All Time,” the phrase gained steam in the sports world in debates about which athletes, like Michael Jordan or Tom Brady, ruled their sport without contention.

G.O.A.T. has overtaken the once popular “You the real MVP” that was famously said by basketball player Kevin Durant when he was crowned NBA MVP in 2014.

2. Slay 

Often paired with the equally insufferable “yas queen,” slay is employed when a person is exceeding expectations — often their own in terms of appearance or personal and professional achievement.

3. Sus 

Short for suspicious, this phrase is commonly used to describe sketchy behavior. Example: “My boss was using full words to describe a task I needed to complete. It was really sus.”

4. FR 

The abbreviated version of “for real” applies gravity or accuracy to a situation or description. Also the atomic symbol for francium.

5. Vibing

A way to express one’s positive emotional feelings for the young and verbally ungifted. A person feels such good “vibes” while in a cheery and uplifted mood.

6. Flex 

A form of bragging or gloating, like that of flexing one’s muscles. Not to be confused with Phil Swift’s Flex Seal products, which, in their own way have become a meme with millennials wanting to tape over their problems.

7. Glow up 

Used in reference to a person’s personal improvement over time, such as young people using their big kid words.

8. Bet 

Another way of saying “yes” or “I agree.” This one also perplexed Steve Martin in “Only Murders in the Building.”

9. Period

Gen Z has become the very thing they swore to destroy. They, too, are culprits of the one-word, sentence-ending interjection.

10. Bet 

Another way of saying “yes” or “I agree.” This one also perplexed Steve Martin in “Only Murders in the Building.”

11. Basic 

A way to describe a person’s lack of individuality and independent thought — such as using these phrases.

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