(At This Juncture and At This Point in Time are annoying business terms and represent just just one of the 212 Most Annoying Business Phrases Managers Effuse, Confuse, and Overuse detailed in the hilarious must-have guide for every workplace: The 30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room. Available right now on Amazon.)
At This Juncture / At This Point in Time
The long-winded, loquacious nature of these two overly-wordy phrases are simply nothing more than verbosity at its finest – so much so they both do indeed border on the periphrastic. (Yes, we used a thesaurus to write that sentence!)
But seriously, when you intend to mean “now,” why not just say “now?” If you feel the word “now” needs some sort of extra emphasis, you can always go with “right now” … right? At this juncture and at this point in time are just filler used by those managers who subscribe to the “More is More” philosophy of communication.
These guys and gals love to hear themselves speak so much they include as many words as possible to describe everything. They’re the ones who hold the longest meetings that resolve the fewest number of issues. They’re also the ones you and your coworkers strive to avoid in the hallways and common spaces of your office.
Of course, because they’re clueless, they interpret your standoffishness as merely a lack of understanding just how important they are… so, they’re inclined to provide you even more useless information the next time you interact. Ugh.
Replacement phrases: Now; Currently
See also: Currently Now
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