New words – 22 February 2021

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cloffice noun [C]
UK /ˈklɒf.ɪs/ US /ˈklɑːf.ɪs/
a closet that has been turned into a small office space

Cloffices are particularly useful in smaller homes and apartments where square footage is tight. And you don’t need a spacious walk-in closet to make it work. The basic setup requires a desktop surface, storage, and a chair or stool that can easily fit inside a reach-in bedroom closet or a linen closet in the hallway.
[Better Homes and Gardens, 11 January 2021]

virtual commute noun [C]
UK /ˌvɜː.tʃu.əl.kəˈmjuːt/ US /ˌvɝː.tʃu.əl.kəˈmjuːt/
a way for people who work from home to separate their working hours from their personal time more easily

If there’s one thing remote workers probably don’t miss about going into the office, it’s the commute. Microsoft, however, disagrees. The company announced that it is working on a new feature for its Teams platform that will allow remote workers to schedule virtual commutes. The idea is to help give workers a solid separation between work and home, a time before and after work each day where they can reflect and set goals without work or home getting in the way.
[, 30 September 2020]

work from anywhere noun [U]
UK /ˌwɜːk.frəm.ˈen.i.weəʳ/ US /ˌwɝːk.frɑːm.ˈen.i.wer/
the activity of working remotely from any location, not necessarily at home

We learned that a great many of us don’t in fact need to be colocated with colleagues on-site to do our jobs. Individuals, teams, entire workforces, can perform well while being entirely distributed—and they have. So now we face new questions: Are all-remote or majority-remote organizations the future of knowledge work? Is work from anywhere (WFA) here to stay?
[Harvard Business Review, Nov-Dec 2020]

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8 thoughts on “New words – 22 February 2021

  1. BH Cheong

    It’s interesting to see so many new words, turning a closet into an office –> cloffice. What if some turn other places in a home into an office, such as kitchen or …erhhh? Just kidding!^^ Is there a word specially meant for home-office where people work from their home instead of literally going to the office? ^^ Really appreciate knowing what I have missed.

  2. Bill

    Some so-called new word challenges the imagination. Check the dictionary, use some of the tens of thousands of words you never knew existed.

  3. Virtual commute should have an alternative of gaming. How about you can actually drive and even go drifting with your dream car through a combo of high speed track and dirt road hanging from the Andean mountains…all while sipping your favorite coffee… Commuting back home has been always the best time of life for me…and you just want to give me some “preparation”?… Dude, I invite you to enjoy the delight of a “We the People” moment for Heavens sake…

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