"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." -Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride
In the past couple months I've come to hate the word "risk" and its associated phrase "risk management." It's not because risk itself is inherently bad or wrong, or that the need for good, quality risk management has changed. Rather, it's the overuse and misuse of the term that is really grating on me. Despite a lot more talk about risk, it seems that it's even less understood and even more poorly defined than ever before.
Perhaps the most egregious "risk" annoyance is its constant use as a FUD hammer for pushing products or agendas. It seems that every time we turn around, somebody is proclaiming that something is a HIGH RISK (bold, all caps, exclamation, exclamation, exclamation, omg we're all gonna die!). Unless, of course, we buy their product or support their agenda.