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Midlanders' irritation over use of jargon revealed

Research released today shows 90% of people in the East Midlands and four out of five people in the West Midlands find the use of jargon irritating.

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Midlanders find jargon irritating according to new survey

Research released today shows 90% of people in the East Midlands and four out of five people in the West Midlands find the use of jargon irritating.

One of the most irritating phrases according to the latest survey Credit: ITV News Central

Phrases such as those below have been marked out as some of the most annoying, with most people coming across them at work.

  • ‘Run this up the flagpole’
  • ‘Blue sky thinking’
  • ‘Circling back’
  • 'Thinking outside the box’
  • ‘Leveraging’
  • ‘Touching base’

The Plain English Campaign team are calling for more people to use simple English to express themselves more clearly, claiming that people waste two hours a day, on average, listening to jargon.

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