Somewhere, a grammarian cries whenever an office email contains jargon like “upskill” or “calendarize.” Fortunately, Mule Design Studio‘s Unsuck-It.com transforms business twaddle into sparse Hemingway prose—or at least English. Here, for example, is a soul-crushing bizspeak sentence translated into something E.B. White might recognize:
“We can’t boil the ocean, so let’s start by bucketizing the deliverables and picking the low-hanging fruit.”
Unsucked: “We can’t waste time, so let’s prioritize what we can easily accomplish.”
More corporate argot defanged for your amusement and dismay:
Bubble up: Tell someone with more authority.
Bucketize: Sort into categories.
Deep dive: Focus on or explore details.
EOD: End of the workday.
Long pole in the tent: The most difficult task. The hard part, ahem.
Net-net: In summary.
Open the kimono: Share information. Reveal.
Mule Design, in addition to doing kickass work, also has a kickass work ethic that makes me want to stand up and salute. Here’s how co-founder Erika Hall describes it.