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The ugly rise of the workcation

Office culture has invaded our home lives. The ghastly “workcation” is another way to ensure we are never really off the clock

By Stefan Stern  

Photo: Anna Berkut / Alamy Stock Photo

The English language is beautiful, usually. It contains words such as “crepuscular,” “grotty” and “awkward.” Language is a living thing which must change and adapt. I’m not against the introduction of the occasional neologism, of which “grotty” is a good example. 

But another new term came across my desk—well, into my inbox—the other day, which did not bring joy. The word was “workcation.” By this I think we are supposed to understand that something like a holiday can be taken while work is still being done. 

Call me a narrow monotasker if you like. Denounce my lack…

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