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13 Words/Phrases I Use Because of Work
Thursday, September 27, 2007

I've never really used these words/phrases before until I started working. Some of them drive me nuts (like who says that in "real life"?) but I guess they've become habit; a standard in my every day vocabulary. Do you use any of these words/phrases?




1) Cognizant (i.e. "So we need to be cognizant of this accounting issue when speaking to them on this conference call")




2) Out-of-pocket (i.e. "I've got a meeting from 2-4, so I'll be out of pocket during that time")




3) We noted that (i.e. "We noted that this increase was due to...")




4) Mitigating (i.e. "We need to find a mitigating control for their lack of approval on forms")




5) w/o/e or w/f/r (stands for without exception and waive further review)




6) Appears reasonable




7) Defeasance (i.e. "The defeasance of this bond took place in August")




8) Pro forma (i.e. "Can you get a pro forma of last year's document?")




9) Haphazardly (i.e. "We haphazardly selected two items to test")




10) Clerically tested/accurate




11) Foot (i.e. "Can you foot this schedule?")




12) Immaterial (i.e. "The $3 million variance is immaterial to our testing scope")




13) Touch base (i.e. "I'm calling because I wanted to touch base with you on this scheduling conflict")

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posted by Daphne @ 12:41 PM  
5 Comments:
  • At 10:14 PM, Blogger Mormishmom said…

    Ok, so Will totally knew every phrase. I gave him a little test:) LOL I told him good job and he replied - Thanks, it's my life. Sad.

     
  • At 7:05 AM, Blogger Isabel said…

    I have never used any of those. lol. Hmm.. now you have me thinking of the phrases I use....

     
  • At 11:40 PM, Blogger Rosie said…

    Cognizant and mitigating...when I worked in a law office every dang day those two words were used. I'm familiar with most of the the others but don't use them much down at the fire station now. :)

     
  • At 9:14 PM, Blogger Kate Diamond said…

    Delicious. Althought at school, we have a whole different set of obnoxious buzzwords. "Assessment" and "data" are very big right now. And we acronymn absolutely everything.

     
  • At 2:02 PM, Blogger Daphne said…

    Mormy, yes, it's sad that Will knows all the terms too. We're such typical accountants.

    Isabel, do you say 'yamean' at work? haha.

    Rosie, hi girl. I had no idea you work at a fire station. I think that's soooo cool. Any good eye candy?

    Kate D, yah I can imagine you'd have a set of phrases at school too. It's crazy how many acronyms are around these days. I can't keep up! Or maybe I'm just not that cool... =)

     
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