In business discussions, idioms serve to creatively express ideas that have already been explained without coming across as repetitive. They can also cut through discussions full of complex jargon, reinforcing the main ideas in a manner that is more likely to be retained by the audience at the end of a meeting when compared to verbose company brochures and similar materials. Interestingly, two music related idioms “same old song and dance” and “all that jazz” are both used to refer to ideas, things, and behavior patterns that have already happened or occur on a consistent basis, much to one’s annoyance.

Idiom: All That Jazz

Definition: The phrase is an informal term meaning “all that stuff” or “all the other things.” It is commonly used at the end of a sentence instead of the term “etcetera.”

Example sentence: “I need to buy ingredients for a special dinner tonight. I also want wine, dessert, and all that jazz.”

idiom-all that jazzOrigin: The origin of the word “jazz” dates back to 1825. Jazz was the nickname of Jasper, a slave dancer in New Orleans. The first time the idiom “all that jazz” was conveyed is unknown. However, it was first cited in print in the 1959 Oxford English Dictionary. Fred Astaire, a well-known American dancer and choreographer, used the term in what is perceived as his autobiography to describe “all that sort of thing.” The idiom gained popularity in 1975 when lyricist Fred Ebb used the phrase as the title of the opening song in the musical Chicago. Four years later, a semi-autobiographical fantasy film starring Rob Schneider used the phrase as the movie title.

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