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If You Use Any of These Coded Words at Work, Your Colleagues Probably Don't Trust You Translation and language expert Ingrid Christensen reveals why the words we use matter, especially in the workplace.

By Amanda Breen

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Have you ever had a conversation with a colleague or manager that left you feeling slighted, even though you weren't explicitly dismissed or insulted?

Chances are you were on the receiving end of coded language: words or phrases that mean different things to different people and "can lead to confusion, miscommunication and even hurt feelings," according to translation and language expert Ingrid Christensen.

Related: 4 Words That Reinforce the Gender Gap at Work

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