Screw the Pooch

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(Screw the Pooch 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.)

Screw the Pooch

An earlier annoying phrase we examined, rightsizing, is what’s known as a euphemism. That is, it’s not just a replacement or synonym, but a nicer way to say something.

Screw the pooch is the exact opposite of a euphemism (unfortunately, there is no true antonym for euphemism, so let’s just call this an unnecessary and odd vulgarity).

Screw the pooch refers to making a gigantic, perhaps career-ending mistake; that is, screwing up royally.

While a euphemism is used to soften the impact of a phrase, screw the pooch is used to overemphasize the issue at hand. We would argue unnecessarily; though, there are those who believe accusing someone of making a gigantic mistake is not enough; that it needs more “oomph,” if you will.

To those managers we say this: are you really that comfortable discussing bestiality at work? Moreover, can making a mistake – regardless of how large – even compare?


Replacement phrases: Gigantic mistake; Colossal error

See also: Shit the Bed; Drop the Ball

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