HR Strange But True!
August 29, 2003

The new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English offers a polite name for employees who waste work time surfing the Internet: cyberslacker.

In a reflection of society's growing reliance on the Internet and computers in general, the dictionary has added more than 100 technology-related words to the dictionary, according to the Courier-Mail newspaper of Queensland, Australia

One of those words is cyberslacker, which describes a person who "uses their employer's Internet and e-mail facilities for personal activities during work hours."

Also in the dictionary, surfing will be defined as an Internet-related pastime for the first time, as will egosurf, described as searching for "one's own name or links to one's web site," and google, which is defined as searching the Internet for details about someone else.

Source: The Courier-Mail of Queensland, Australia

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