(Juice is not/is Worth the Squeeze is an annoying business term and is 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.)
Juice is not/is Worth the Squeeze
This one is so annoying, so cringe-worthy, it felt weird even typing the title.
Before we dissect the annoyance factor of this one, we need to ask: How many of us are squeezing our own juice from actual citrus? Not something you buy at a juice bar, get from a packet you insert into a machine, or as the result of dumping frozen bits into a juicer; but really squeezing an actual fruit to extract its juice?
The juice is not/is worth the squeeze is about as irritating as a business saying can be.
Usually uttered by those wearing the most expensive business suits, the juice is not/is worth the squeeze lands on the ears of the listener like a lead weight. It’s pompous; and it’s expressed solely for appearances.
The juice is not/is worth the squeeze screams, “look at me; I’m pretty freaking cool; I learned a new saying that I’m going to beat into the ground like every other hackneyed saying I discover!”
The phrase’s meaning is clear: the expected result is or is not worth the effort. Despite its clarity, this saying needs to go; the users need to be shunned or fired (if you have the juice to do that).
Firing an annoying manager? Now that juice would be worth the squeeze, wouldn’t it?
Replacement phrases: Worth It; Worthy; Not Worth It; Unworthy
See also: Could Care Less
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