Lucy Kellaway’s dictionary of business jargon and corporate nonsense
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Bonus well

Translation into plain English We pay big bonuses

Perpetrator Pret

Usage example β€œOne thing is for sure – we bonus well. General Managers receive a bonus of 30% of salary and Assistant Managers of 20% of their salary – our top performing Managers can earn even more than that!” (Spotted by Caroline Myddelton)

Lucy’s commentary Pret loses one mark for coining a shockingly bad nerb. But it gets one back for bringing bonuses back to the masses. A 30 per cent bonus really ought to be something to celebrate.

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