Adult Books

In the Loop & Up to Speed
Clever and Useful Business Terms Every Go-Getter Needs

By Caroline Taggart

Subject: Reference
paper-over-board | 176 pages | 5 3/8 x 8 x 11/16
US$14.99 | CAN$15.99
Publication Date: 2012-10-11
ISBN: 9781606525180
EBOOK: 9781606525573

From indecipherable abbreviations and business terminology to buzzwords, motivational phrases, and more, this book takes an entertaining look at the origins and meanings of phrases that originated in the workplace and now pervade our everyday lives.

The workplace is a minefield of business jargon that people exchange on a daily basis, and it can all start to sound like everyone around you is speaking another language. So if you have ever wondered whether you have hit the glass ceiling or if a cubicle monkey will respond to mushroom management, become bogged down in the marzipan layer or are confused about what to do about the elephant in the room, this is the book for you. 

  • level playing field
  • touching base
  • reinventing the wheel
  • firing on all cylinders
  • brainstorming
  • corporate DNA
  • methodology
  • keeping your options open
  • raising the bar
  • blue-sky thinking

Amusing and informative, this book covers all the bases and guarantees you’ll be on the fast track to becoming fluent in business speak!


Caroline Taggart has been an editor of nonfiction books for nearly 30 years and has covered nearly every subject from natural history and business to gardening and astronomy. Her most recent books include Apple a Day, The Classics, My Grammar and I and the best-selling I Used to Know That. 


Caroline Taggart has been an editor of nonfiction books for nearly 30 years. She is the author of several books, including I Used to Know That. Taggart lives in London.