Leverage My Ass

I am on a conference call in the dead of afternoon, mirabile dictu. People these days have started to say ‘leverage’ instead of ‘use’. As in ‘do you mind if I leverage your toilet to better void my bowels’?

It scarcely needs saying, but it does my head in. Do people really think in these terms, or are they just deliberately marketing themselves? And which is worse?

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1 Response to “Leverage My Ass”


  1. 1 Donagh July 13, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Language borrows words from areas unrelated to the original context all the time, but the lingua franca of modern business seems to operate with a very small vocabulary, so it inevitable that business types will try to find a new word now and then to jazz up their meaningless banality, even if it doesn’t lend itself very well to what they are trying to say. You’re right though, it’s a contemptible type of usury.


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