Lucy Kellaway’s dictionary of business jargon and corporate nonsense
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Pregnant with the deal

Translation into plain English In an advanced state of M&A

Perpetrator JPMorgan Securities banker, in an email quoted in an SEC complaint

Usage example “We are soooo pregnant with this deal, we need a wheel-barrel [sic] to move around…. Let’s schedule the cesarian [sic], please!”

Lucy’s commentary Top marks for horrible imagery. A reader calling themselves Judge Barbier reports that they also heard it from an ex-Lehman banker.

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