I learned a new phrase today, and I believe it could pose a lesson in workplace communication: “throw shade.” Urban Dictionary defines throw shade as “to talk trash about a friend or aquaintance [sic], to publicly denounce or disrespect. When throwing shade it's immediately obvious to on-lookers that the thrower, and not the throwee, is the…uncool one.” Business Insider elaborates further: “When someone insults you directly, that's called a "read." For example, if I were to tell you that your glasses are ugly. Point blank. That's a read. Reads can be long or short… If I were to say in a terribly condescending voice, ‘Oh honey, I'm so glad you saved up to buy those glasses,’ that's blatant shade. I didn't insult the glasses, or you, directly. It's implied by my voice and the context of what I said. You know they're ugly.” The bad thing is, you could be “throwing shade” at your coworkers, and not even realize it.