A humorous guide to the language of office English
Ducks in a Row is a dictionary and guidebook celebrating the new and absurd language of Office English, or Offlish - workplace slang, common jargon, bogus phrases and all the myriad ridiculous idioms that we use to impress and confuse our colleagues and to climb the greasy pole of corporate advancement.
All of the 700+ definitions of words and terms include examples of typical office behaviour and the types of character encountered. For each word or term there is an example of how it is used, as well as a handy Bulls*** Rating. All the words and terms are fully cross-referenced and indexed so that it is possible to dip in and across the book to follow a particular theme or running gag.
It is a book to delight, amuse, instruct and entertain anyone who has ever worked in, or ever will work in, an office.
Carl Newbrook was born in 1960. He has a PhD from Oxford and worked for 15 years as a bookseller. He is now at HarperCollins publishers. He lives in Camden, North London.
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