Having trouble understanding your boss? You're not alone, because managers the world over use phrases that, to the rest of us, make little - if any - sense. So if you're getting confused by boss-speak, give Careerbuilder.com's Boss-to-English Translator a look.
The article is based on a great little book entitled Cube Monkeys: A Handbook for Surviving the Office Jungle, which will strike a cord with every downtrodden cubicle inhabitant.
"Great job on that report!" your boss really means, "I'm taking credit for your work."
"Let me give you some broadstroke ideas you can fill in the rest" actually means "I still haven't learned how to create and Excel document."
"Headquarters has assured me we will not be affected by the merger" translates to "you are going to be fired."
"I'm not sure if what you are suggesting is in alignment with our core competencies" means "what exactly are do we do again?"
"I hate to the bearer of bad news" means in ordinary English "disappointing you is the only pleasure I have left in my dead-end, crappy job."
The article goes on to provide about a dozen more translations. The authors of the article and subsequent book advise that you should cut out the advice and keep it handy, especially before you head into that next big company-wide meeting. So maybe now you'll finally be able to understand exactly what your boss is trying to tell you.