My colleague and fellow IABC member, Wilma Mathews gave me a calendar published by a research and creative services outfit, The Rogers Group, that deals with buzzwords. It was in response to a post had written about Death By Techspeak on a PR blog.
The calendar is full of them, with the intro how it was once possible to attend a business meeting and comprehend what people were saying, until "everyone started thinking outside the box and taking critical path to seamless world-class value propositions."
It features words such as 'symbiotic realignment,' 'scalable exit strategy,' and something called 'robustivity.' The funny (and scary) thing is, I actually know people who don't think these words are funny.
On a related note, there's a paragraph in the intro to a book Why businesspeople speak like idiots, that goes:
"we have robust networks of strategic assets that we own or have contractual access to which give us greater flexibility and speed to reliably deliver widespread logistical solutions."
It was from the 2000 annual report of Enron. Enough said.