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Business Has a New Favorite Buzzword

As corporate executives grapple with the pandemic, rising inflation and stubborn labor shortages, they all can agree on one thing: It’s been quite a journey.

Mentions of the word “journey” by S&P 500 executives on conference calls this year have soared almost 70% to 3,091, making it one of the fastest-growing corporate buzzwords in recent memory. The term was rarely used before -- in fact, just once in 2001 -- but it’s now used to describe practically any kind of business goal, even if it’s totally mundane.