10 Worst Office Phrases There's always something better to say than gross, redundant cliches By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff Posted Dec 16, 2009 7:22 PM CST 0 comments Comments It's time to scrap phrases like, "Can I pick your brain?" (Shutter Stock) (Newser) – Frances Cole Jones has had just about enough of certain phrases at the office, he writes for CNN. Some are cliches, some are needlessly gross, and some use just plain bad grammar: "Pick your brain." "Throw it against the wall and see what sticks." "Sweat equity." "It's not rocket science." "The ball's in your court." "Drill down." "I, personally." "Quite unique." "Past history." "Urgent" and its companion, "crisis." These take the cake as the most overused and annoying.