Lucy Kellaway’s dictionary of business jargon and corporate nonsense
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Real-time chops

Translation into plain English Skill

Perpetrator Wall Street Journal job ad

Usage example “The Editor also needs the real-time chops to handle posts by our two person team of market Maniacs (fast-metabolism, digital-first market chroniclers who produce inventive, high-intellect coverage of markets and the things that move them - as they happen).” (Spotted by A Williams)

Lucy’s commentary In Britain the only things allowed to call themselves chops come from dead animals and are sold in butchers shops. In the US the word has long meant skill; while I can only admire someone with real time chops to deal with high-intellect maniacs, it makes me somewhat disinclined to buy the WSJ.

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