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New rule: No more 'going forward'

I have a suggestion for Larry Ellison: Each time one of your suits mentions the phrase "going forward," fine them 100 bucks. At the rate they're going, you'll recoup the $100 million fine you're donating to charity in no time.

Apologies to Bill Maher, but after listening to the business pitches today at the Oracle World conference, we need a New Rule or my head is going to explode. Maybe it's the MBA version of Tourette's Syndrome but can't these guys deliver a presentation without stuffing the speech with all the mind-numbing "going forwards?" What do they think the audience expects--that they'll learn how to go backwards?