consultantese

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

consultant + -ese

Noun[edit]

consultantese (uncountable)

  1. Jargon or buzzwords used by consultants.
    • 2005, 2003 December 16, Russell D. Lambert, Executive's Guide to the Wireless Workforce, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0471459895, page 24:
      "The real problem is that the consultant is talking in broad, consultantese abstractions, [...]"
    • 1993, 1993 December 16, Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith, The Wisdom of Teams: creating the high-performance organization, Harvard Business School Press, ISBN 0875843670, page x:
      "We never quite converted him to consultantese (thank goodness), but we did move him a little toward the center."
    • 1974, 1974 December 16, Robert Kirk Mueller, Buzzwords: A Guide to the Language of Leadership, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., ISBN 0442255969, page 54:
      "Consultantese for starting out on an assignment with little or no prior outline"