New words – 8 May 2023

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frolleague noun [C]
UK /ˈfrɒl.iːg/ US /ˈfrɑː.liːg/
a colleague who becomes a friend

By having frolleagues you feel a little bit less at work and more with folks that you have a personal connection with. In interactions with frolleagues your work feels less transactional. I’ve found that I can find trusted frolleagues in different parts of the company, not just in my own area, which is great for collaborating and getting other perspectives.
[, 8 November 2022]

friendshoring noun [U]
the practice of operating a business or part of a business in a country that is an ally

Essentially friendshoring refers to the rerouting of supply chains to countries perceived as politically and economically safe or low-risk, to avoid disruption to the flow of business. Tech giant Apple is one American company to have recently made friendshoring moves, relocating some of its iPhone production to India from China.
[, 17 February 2023]

friendship recession noun [C]
/ˈfrend.ʃɪp rɪˌseʃ.ən/
a period when many people have few or no friends

American men appear to be stuck in a “friendship recession” — a trend that predates the Covid-19 pandemic but that seems to have accelerated over the past several years as loneliness levels have crept up worldwide. In a 2021 survey of more than 2,000 adults in the United States, less than half of the men said they were truly satisfied with how many friends they had, while 15 percent said they had no close friends at all.
[, 28 November 2022]

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