From the Economist via The Passive Voice blog: The business phrasebook
This is bit that caught my eye:
“I hear you”
Ostensible meaning: You’re making a legitimate point
Actual meaning: Be quiet
I laughed. That seems just about exactly right.
They go on like that. Here’s my favorite:
“I’m just curious…”
Ostensible meaning: I’d like to know why you think that…
Actual meaning: …because it makes no sense to anyone else
Click through and see which ones strike you as most true-to-life.