Just this week I almost (I didn't utter the full expression) said to a colleague "let's reach out to...". I managed to stop myself as this is one of the most irritating expressions that I hear on a near daily basis. Clearly there are exceptions to the use of "Reach out.." but these usually involve being a member of The Four Tops. Next ranting post will be on the over-use of the exclamation mark.
It’s only six words long but it’s a big enough sentence to make your heart sink. It’s that moment towards the end of the day in the office when you’re busy trying to look busy and your line manager comes over, raps her fingers on your desk and asks: “Can I borrow you a sec..? At that point, you both know the chances of catching an early train home to watch the England game on TV is not going to happen. “Can I borrow you a sec..?” has been identified as the most overused and annoying phrase in the workplace. A survey of 2,000 workers shows it is ahead of "thinking outside the box”, “teamwork, dreamwork” and “can you shed some light on this” as the sentences most likely to make colleagues slump in disappointment.