A friend in the corporate world sends me wonderful (read: hideous) examples of inflated writing she sees. We both wonder where these words and phrases originate. Do people sit in their offices deliberately trying to make something simple into something complex? If so, what do they hope to accomplish? Do they believe others will see them as more intelligent and professional?
Here is a sentence she sent me today. What do you think it means?
“This probably works out better for you, in that it provides you more time to socialize the idea with the others.”
To socialize the idea with others! Really? I’m guessing the writer meant the recipient would have more time to send the idea to others and get their opinions so they could all talk about it and come to a decision.
Instead of the weird “socialize,” “discuss” would have done the job.