Why You Should Stop Calling Her Your “Work Wife”

Why our language matters — even if it seems innocent.

Sean Kernan
ILLUMINATION-Curated
6 min readMay 23, 2024

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Coworkers chatting.
Pexels images via Mikhail Nilov

I shared a medium sized room with two older employees, Mike and Sharon. Both were in their 50s, and always nicely dressed. They were competent, well-spoken, and had been at the company for nearly 20 years, working in tandem.

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Sean Kernan
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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