Quiz: What Kind of Office Speak Dominates Your Brain?

Are you a Life Hacker? Have you Self-Actualized? The way you talk says a lot about your work life.

Different industries have their own vocabularies. Some of today’s most popular buzzwords, like corporate culture and synergy were created in the 1960s by academics who believed that work should make us happy. The bottom line goes back the Wall Street lingo of the 1980s. Contemporary tech terms, like capacity and bandwidth, suggest people are essentially creative computers. Corporate jargon may sound meaningless, but it actually reveals a lot about how we think about our lives.

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Emma Green is the assistant managing editor of TheAtlantic.com, where she also writes about religion and culture.

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