Say what? Decoding office lingo in 2023
by Anna Eisner-Kollmann, 16.11.2023
Language is something that changes very quickly. This phenomenon has been particularly accelerated since the advent of the internet, with novel terms sprouting almost daily. However, it's not just online where these new words have infiltrated; they have also made their way into our everyday professional interactions. Do you understand your colleagues when they say, “I don’t like being desk-bombed”? If not, let us embark on a journey to expand our vocabulary together.
Talking about work
Cambridge created a list of top word in 2023 that describe our jobs, the workplace, and those within it. Out of that, we chose a few words for your new work-related vocabulary list. Enjoy!
ghost colleague, noun
An employee of a company who works alone, often at home, and is not in frequent contact with other people who work for the same company.
The activity of suddenly going to talk to someone who is working at their desk, rather than phoning them or emailing them, is seen by some people as impolite.
A colleague who becomes a friend.
quiet thriving, noun
the activity of making small changes to the way you work to help you feel happier and more fulfilled in your job
sunday scaries, noun
A feeling of stress or anxiety experienced by someone on a Sunday before they have to go back to work the next day after the weekend.
bare minimum mondays, noun
The trend of doing as little as possible at work on Monday to reduce stress.
time millionaire, noun
Someone who places more importance on the amount of free time they have than on how much money they earn.
Well done, nice improvement on your office lingo! So the next time you hear someone mention you as a “frolleague” or “ghost colleague” don’t panic. Take a deep breath, remember what you’ve learned from this blog post, and join in on the conversation.