Why Do We Use a Different Vocabulary at Work?

A linguist explains why we use words at work we’d never use elsewhere

Katie Heaney
Mar 4, 2019 · 5 min read
Photo: NBC

In my place of work, there is perhaps no “word” more ominous than “hihi,” typed over Slack, sent by a person senior to you. Or, at least, that’s how I feel about it. “Hihi” means a request is imminent, or worse, a correction. “Hihi” means Listen up, buddy, in a not-nice…

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