London: An average worker is left irritated at least 10 times a day by rubbish phrases like 'touch base' and 'close of play', researchers say. According to a new study, one in five employees admit taking on the role of 'office waffler' in a misguided attempt to impress their colleagues.

Much like the character of David Brent played by Ricky Gervais in the hit sitcom 'The Office', a surprising 16 percent even believe it improves their chances of promotion.

The study found a third of those questioned daily used the phrases 'it's a no-brainer' and 'thinking outside the box', which were among the most frequently-used office jargon.

Another quarter annoyed their workmates by trotting out 'at the end of the day', 'it's a win-win situation', 'touch base' and 'going forward', while one in five urged colleagues to 'give 110 percent' despite it being mathematical impossible.

Almost half of workers, 47 cent, say they lose respect for colleagues when they hear them using the 'flowery' phrases and a quarter of Brits - 24 per cent - insist they have 'no real meaning in the workplace'.

Other annoying phrases heard daily across the country include 'close of play', 'it's on my radar' and 'flagging up'. The top 10 most common business jargon phrases are:

It's a no-brainer - 32 per cent use this at least once a day

Thinking outside the box - 30 per cent

At the end of the day - 26 per cent

It's a win-win situation - 26 per cent

Touch base - 25 per cent

Going forward - 24 per cent

110 per cent - 21 per cent

Close of play - 20 per cent

It's on my radar - 19 per cent

Flagging up - 19 per cent


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