Monday, January 06, 2020

New shed words enter the lexicon

Word expert Adam Jacot de Boinod has put together some of the more unusual words and phrases to enter the UK lexicon over the last 12 months for the Daily Mail. Among them are a couple of shedworkingesque ones:
SHED EFFECT: The benefits to health and wellbeing associated with the men’s shed movement, an initiative that encourages men, especially those who are elderly or socially isolated, to forge new friendships and work together on traditionally male-focused activities such as DIY projects.

SHOFFICE: A garden shed which is also used as an office.
The term 'shed effect" may be new to some readers (not to be confused with "the bicycle-shed effect"). Age UK Scotland brought out an excellent pdf report called The Shed Effect: Shedders in Scotland a couple of years ago which is well worth a look while The Daily Mash also has its own inimitable take on the concept. In addition to these two suggestions, the Cambridge Dictionary New Words blog also considers 'shedio' as an additional possibility.

We first started talking about the term 'shoffice' on Shedworking way back in 2007 (you can read about my thoughts in an excellent piece by Sharon Dale for The Yorkshire Post a couple of years ago) but have never used 'shedio' even once since we launched.  -------------------------------------------------
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