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Win
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 7:24:18 AM
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A 'colleague' means a co-worker, can you help me understand how 'work colleague' is different, why does the need to add 'work' arise, why cant we simply say 'colleague'?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 7:36:35 AM

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"Work colleague" isn't a known phrase. You have just found out someone has written it like that. Co-worker or colleague would do fine.
uuaschbaer
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:02:51 AM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
"Work colleague" isn't a known phrase.


You know that sentence on its own looks kinda like something an interactive voice response system might say:

"Please say to whom you would like to speak."

"I'd like to speak to my work colleague."

"Voice interpretation failed. Please try again."

"I want to speak to my work colleague."

"'Work colleague' isn't a know phrase. Please try again."

"WORK COLLEAGUE."

"I hear that you want to speak to your boss. Please confirm that you want to speak to your boss."

"No!"

"I'm redirecting you to your boss. Please be patient.
... BEEP.
"
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:10:08 AM

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I wasn't saying it was not correct. Work colleague, however, doesn't sound like having any other special meaning, different than plain colleague.
uuaschbaer
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:13:01 AM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
I wasn't saying it was not correct. Work colleague, however, doesn't sound like having any other special meaning, different than plain colleague.


Sure, I know. I agree. I wasn't saying you were saying it wasn't correct. The wording of your first phrase just struck me as something a computer might say (but that might as well be used in ordinary conversation).
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:41:12 AM

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uuaschbaer wrote:

Sure, I know. I agree. I wasn't saying you were saying it wasn't correct. The wording of your first phrase just struck me as something a computer might say (but that might as well be used in ordinary conversation).


Sure ;-)
We sometimes have such words and phrases here to be figured out some "voice interpretation" would do an immediate kaput.
Gunjika
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:43:51 AM
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'Work colleague' sounds like a term coined by an ignorant person in a hurry. 'Colleague' implies people from work.
jcbarros
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 12:04:16 PM

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Members of the same profession, preferably doctors, lawyers, etc. requiring specialized study.
Walterarriaga
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 2:43:19 PM
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So, you actually have colleagues you don not work wth? Maybe that poses enough ambiguity as to be more specific? You know: work colleague as somebody I work with, versus a general colleague, who may or may not work with you...
kitten
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 3:02:46 PM
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I have heard the term 'work colleague' and it isn't always used with those who are in the academic profession.

Work Colleague

Word reference

Work Colleague and lunch breaks


After looking this up----it is six of this and half a dozen of the other.

My question is why should it bother someone if they are called a 'work' colleague? Becasue when you look the up the word, colleague, on TFD it refers you to the word partner. And there are many definitions when you look click on and look up the word partner, not all having to do with work.

peace out, >^,,^<
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 4:52:41 PM

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Of course you might think a Chinese and French composers are colleagues but when they are called to a project to create together the next musical on Broadway they are work colleagues. Possible. d'oh!
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 11:50:53 PM

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Some of my colleagues say I do not work. I may be a colleague for them, but not a work colleague. Boo hoo!
Win
Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 8:29:28 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
"Work colleague" isn't a known phrase. You have just found out someone has written it like that. Co-worker or colleague would do fine.


JJ, I've come across this phrase many a times...but last, which I clearly remember was in Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Eat, Pray and Love'...she's used it a couple of times in the book...since then I've been wondering about it's existence.

Win
Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:15:56 AM
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Gunjika wrote:
'Work colleague' sounds like a term coined by an ignorant person in a hurry. 'Colleague' implies people from work.


It seems none of you've come across it...I'am quite surprised :Drool
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:23:35 AM

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Win, I'm sure I have read the phrase somewhere but not paid too much attention. Now that you have raised it to the lights I can say that as a term it sounds similar to "I rowed a water boat."
uuaschbaer
Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:35:06 AM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Win, I'm sure I have read the phrase somewhere but not paid too much attention. Now that you have raised it to the lights I can say that as a term it sounds similar to "I rowed a water boat."


Quite sensible:


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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:39:51 AM

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uuaschbaer wrote:

Quite sensible:


Ruhahaa! To quote Wercozy: "Cleaver!"
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