Sunday, November 9, 2008

Word of the week 10 - 16 November 2008: RAGE

Road rage, air rage, office rage, desk rage, work rage, bike rage, trolley rage ... rage is the word of the moment.



desk rage

The peak of office employee stress levels which ultimately starts with the screaming of vulgar language within the workplace. It can often times lead to assaulting fellow employees, abusing office equipment and/or stealing of company property, abusing sick days and ultimately poor production at work. A possible side effect is that the employee continues to take out his or her rage at their residence in the form of kicking small animals and drinking heavily.



road rage
This term is used to refer to violent behaviour by a driver of an automobile or other motor vehicle, which thus causes collisions or incidents on roadways. It can be thought of as an extreme case of aggressive driving.





air
rage
This is the general term for disruptive and/or violent behaviour perpetrated by passengers and crew of aircraft, typically during flight.

4 comments:

almejita said...

and rage against the machine?

coordinator said...

I think this expression was originally used by Karl Marx (writer of the communist manifesto). He was talking about how people in society were becoming rebellious anarchists, rebelling against the government. "Raging" against the machine is like rebelling against the authority.
There is an American rap/rock band that took its name from this phrase.

almejita said...

thanks a lot!
I think that the blog is a very interesting tool . I would like it to have more comments and opinions, but I suppose that's up to us the students.
Anyway, congratulations!

coordinator said...

Thank you for your praise, almejita. You've just made my day (= made me very happy) with your comments about the blog. I agree with you that the students should participate more. Perhaps you could tell your classmates about it: word of mouth is the best publicity!