New words – 12 September 2022

A businesswoman sitting in front of her desktop computer in an office full of paperwork. She looks bored; she is resting her chin on her hand and not looking at her screen.
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quiet quitting noun [U]
UK /ˌkwaɪ.ət ˈkwɪtɪŋ/ US /ˌkwaɪ.ət ˈkwɪt̬ɪŋ/
the activity of doing the minimum amount of work needed to keep one’s job but with no enthusiasm or commitment

Widely associated with employee burnout, the idea of ‘quiet quitting’ – where employees become disengaged from work and do the bare minimum of their duties – has recently attracted a flurry of attention … So, recognising quiet quitting, whether it is seen as a serious sign of employee dissatisfaction or simply the concept that work should not take over one’s entire life, is now more important than ever.
[peoplemanagement.co.uk, 8 August 2022]

anti-procrastination café noun [C]
UK /ˌæn.ti.prəˌkræs.tɪˈneɪ.ʃən ˌkæf.eɪ/ US /æn.t̬i.proʊˌkræs.tɪˈneɪ.ʃən kæfˈeɪ/
a café where people who have an urgent deadline can work, with employees checking regularly that they are working and not allowing them to leave until they have finished

I have a confession to make: I’ve never had a healthy relationship with deadlines. I never managed to kick the bad habits I picked up as a student, which have left me with perpetually dark circles under my eyes from frenetic, caffeine-induced all-nighters, so you can imagine how intrigued I was by the so-called anti-procrastination café.
[timeout.com, 30 May 2022]

momtern noun [C]
UK /mɒmˈtɜːn/ US /mɑːmˈtɝːn/
a woman who does work experience in a company with the aim of returning to paid employment after a period of staying at home with her children

The internship can be fully remote, hybrid, or in person, leaving the preference up to the mother. The job pays $25 an hour and interns will work on real client briefs for the agency. Weekly hours will vary for each momtern and be based on whatever works best for their schedule.
[www.mullenlowegroup.com, 16 June 2022]

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