New words – 27 December 2021

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the Great Resignation noun [S]
a trend in the employment market during 2020 and 2021 that has seen a much larger number of people than usual resign from their job

More people are quitting their jobs, and it could shake the world of work forever. But are we making incorrect generalisations about the Great Resignation? Workers are quitting their jobs. A lot of them. So many, in fact, we’re still smack in the middle of the so-called Great Resignation … There are several reasons why workers are walking away – poor working conditions, fears of contracting Covid-19 and existential epiphanies among them.
[, 29 October 2021]

returnment noun [U]
UK /rɪˈtɜːn.mənt/ US /rɪˈtɝːn.mənt/
going back to work after a period of time not in paid employment

In 2012, I burnt out and suffered from depression, and when I launched my own business, three years later, it was terrifying. Nobody returned my phone calls because I was dismissed as “just a housewife”, and I felt incredibly lonely. Whether you’ve been out of work for 18 months or 18 years, “returnment” can be challenging – but it’s not always as difficult as it might seem.
[, 19 October 2021]

overemployment noun [U]
UK /ˌəʊ.vər.ɪmˈplɔɪ.mənt/ US /ˌoʊ.vɚ.ɪmˈplɔɪ.mənt/
the practice of a remote worker secretly having more than one full-time job and working just enough hours at each one for their employers not to notice

The overemployment trend has gained steam with the rise of remote work, which has often meant less employer supervision of workers. This means that juggling multiple jobs in secret is usually more feasible for wealthy, white-collar workers since their work can frequently be done remotely, which isn’t often the case for blue-collar workers.
[, 17 November 2021]

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4 thoughts on “New words – 27 December 2021

  1. Champagne De London

    Thank you for your excellent work.
    Would you reply to me that where can I ‘click’ for your British Accent Pronunciation? appreciated.

  2. Great Resignation should be in the Dictionary soonest.

    We have had Great Depressions and Great Recessions, which I think the Resignation concept has been based on.

    “Existential epiphanies” are about right…

    Returnment reminds me of a French or Francophone word – retournement [return].
    [This is more of a “wait and see” word].

    And overemployment – remote work is doing this?

    What other work words have come up in your lives…

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