Definition: a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal/a chance or prospect, as for advancement or success.
Example of misuse: "What are your opportunities?" As in what qualities do you need to improve on?
Words they should've used instead: weakness, flaw, areas of growth, etc.
How it should be used: "I have been offered an amazing opportunity!"
Definition: the hard substance composing most of a tree/timber, lumber, or firewood.
Example of misuse: "Please put away your wood" As in put away your shoe boxes.
Words they should've used instead: boxes, shoes, cardboard, etc.
How it should be used: "I need more wood for the fireplace."
Definition: a dramatic performance/activity for amusement or recreation.
Example of misuse: "Everyone should be playing" As in meeting their work expectations.
Words they should've used instead: participating, engaging, taking part, striving, etc.
How it should be used: "Let's go play outside."
Definition: to pledge oneself, to give in trust/consign for preservation.
Example of misuse: "How many credit cards can you commit to opening today?"
Words they should've used instead: attempt, goal, try for, strive, intent, aim for, etc.
How it should be used: "I will commit this poem to memory"
Those are just a few examples of the misuse of vocabulary at my work. I'm sure there are a lot more but I can't think of any right now. I do want to add that there are some random words and phrases used in the work place that just get under my skin and I can't stand them.
Ways I've heard it used at work: "This contest is soooo juicy!" "Here are some juicy results for you." "This is soooo juicy!" Etc. It just sounds gross and out of place. I hate when people use it...
Idiom: On deck
Ways I've heard it used at work: "You're on deck!" "Am I on deck?" Etc.
It's stupid. Just say that someone is next. Like 'Hey you're next up to sell'. I just don't get why we're using a nautical phrase to refer to a sales floor. It also makes me think of baseball or something when someone is actually up next to do something. With retail it just sounds dumb and out of place.