Let’s take it offline

From The Jolly Contrarian
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Conference Call Anatomy

Index — Click ᐅ to expand:

Get in touch
Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Requests? Sign up for our newsletter? Questions? We’d love to hear from you.
BREAKING: Get the new weekly newsletter here Old editions here

1. (Buzzword): A sure sign, in an all-hands conference call, that some ingénue has made the fatal mistake of dropping through the cloud-base of cliché into the inconvenient world of substance and detail — a grim place of intractable ugliness inhabited by dark and violent morlocks and immune to resolution by crystalline management theory. You have as much chance of persuading a management consultant to embrace the actual workings of daily life as you have persuading someone who quite likes steak to help you slaughter a cow.

Fortunately, there’s a ready-made defence. Expect a hasty plea to “take it offline” which, by tonal inflection, you might read as:

2. (Informal): Lawyer slang for “You are a total moron”.

3. (Informal): Lawyer slang for “I am a total moron”;


  1. “Such as, ooh, I don’t know, the redundancy of the clot who asked that idiotic question?”