When you're working from home, you can let co-workers know by using the texting abbreviation "WFH." But how do you disclose your location when you're working from neither home nor office?
The New Scientist (UK) reported in July on some inventive letter-symbol combinations to cover working from "just about anywhere." And it gave the lingo a "sciency" name: ergotopography, from the Greek words for "work," "place," and "writing."
Among the abbreviations proposed in the original column and in a follow-up report incorporating reader feedback:
WFA : Working from airport
WF\__ : Working from a sunlounger
WF\_O__/ : Working from a plane
WF# : Working from prison
WF===== : Working from a linear accelerator
WF : Working from space
WF~~~4~~~ : Working from a sailboat
WF/\(☺)/\ : Working from an obstetrics ward
Happy Labor Day, wherever you're (not) working from!
(Via Language Log; read the comments for suggested alternatives to ergotopography.)