No Matter What Scrabble Says, Don’t Ever Use These 10 Words at Work

Scrabble just added 6,5000 new words to the official word list. For those of you who play, that can mean more opportunities to use that Q on a triple word square. Good news all around! But, does this mean that a word that is allowable in Scrabble should automatically make it into the office?

Of course not. Just because Scrabble says something is a word doesn’t mean using it in a business setting is an appropriate thing to do. Sure, if you’re discussing Inuits at the office, go ahead and throw out “quinzhee,” a newly approved word which means a snow shelter (which would undoubtedly be a game winner in an actual Scrabble game), but don’t be shocked if your coworkers look at you blankly. But, the following Scrabble approved words? Save them for the weekend competition.

1. Bezzy, as in your best friend. “Jane is my Bezzy,” should never come up. Come to think of it, leave out “Jane is my BFF” as well. We are not in 7th grade anymore.

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12 thoughts on “No Matter What Scrabble Says, Don’t Ever Use These 10 Words at Work

  1. Now if we can eliminate “this here”, “that there”, “ain’t got no”, etc. Oh, and punctuation. It’s not optional, really, no matter what everyone else is doing. And remember, there are several verb tenses for “to see”, and “I seen that” is not one of them.

    Thank you. I endure this every day. Along with my manager calling people newbies. Ugh.

    1. Ain’t ain’t a word and you ain’t supposed to say it. Say ain’t five times and you ain’t going to heaven!

  2. I once included a joke about “The Calculus” in the first line of the conclusion in a technical report. I was soundly chastised for “insulting the other managers.” I then carefully explained that the joke allowed me to remove five page of text (OK, it was not text per se, it was actually the derivation of the equations of motion is 3D as it applies to a vibrating doughnut [tire]) that would have been even more insulting (and way less comprehensible). Know you manager and hope you have one who understands you.

  3. It’s rather sad that we’ve gotten to the point where people need to be told that slang, abbreviations and jokes at totally inappropriate the first week (even the first month) at work. Whatever happened to manners?? The art of feeling one’s way around a social situation is fast dying.

  4. Hahaha! Don’t go to work in the ER. The phrases you list will be the LEAST of your problems.
    I have a more than one manager who felt the need to explain to all us nice, middle-aged ladies and gentlemen that the F-word should not be used at work.
    The ER is intense, and we all know the latest slang (occupational hazard) plus sometimes I feel if I don’t use the F-word, no one knows I’m talking….
    Love your blog, EvilHRLady. I’ll try to do better….

    1. Well, ER people get some leeway because your job is so tough. But, I support you in your quest to be better!

  5. Honestly, who says ridic–everyone knows you have to say s Riddikulus in order to banish the boggart!

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