Thursday, November 13, 2008

Word of the Year: Hypermiling

The votes are in and the Oxford word of the year is: Hypermiling.
My favorites, though, were the runners-up. Moofer and topless meeting. I concur with MR.

Moofer:Welcome to the brave new world of the moofer – or mobile out-of-office worker. Look around: you’ll see them conducting deals, holding meetings or finding inspiration at a coffee shop, hotel lobby, airport lounge or park bench near you. This new generation of young, tech-savvy workers live their business lives in nomadic fashion, wherever they can find a wi-fi connection – and they don’t believe in the traditional nine to five. Many are entrepreneurs running their own internet-based companies, but they could be management types working for big firms and often away from the office, media consultants out and about meeting clients or freelance writers."

Topless meeting: In a topless meeting, employees are not allowed to bring laptops, their blackberry phones and other gadgets in the meeting room.

The idea is to avoid distractions and let employees engage with each other in discussions.

Some history on hypermiling:
“Hypermiling” was coined in 2004 by Wayne Gerdes, who runs this web site. “Hypermiling” or “to hypermile” is to attempt to maximize gas mileage by making fuel-conserving adjustments to one’s car and one’s driving techniques. Rather than aiming for good mileage or even great mileage, hypermilers seek to push their gas tanks to the limit and achieve hypermileage, exceeding EPA ratings for miles per gallon.

Many of the methods followed by hypermilers are basic common sense—drive the speed limit, avoid hills and stop-and-go traffic, maintain proper tire pressure, don’t let your car idle, get rid of excess cargo—but others practiced by some devotees may seem slightly eccentric:
• driving without shoes (to increase the foot’s sensitivity on the pedals)
• parking so that you don’t have to back up to exit the space
• “ridge-riding” or driving with your tires lined up with the white line at the edge of the road to avoid driving through water-filled ruts in the road when it’s raining


Anonymous said...

Moofer all the way!
Awesome word!!

Sra said...

Moofer... is that a play on the pronunciation of "mover"?

I thought topless meetings were held on the beach.

B.R. said...

moofer stands for "mobile out-of-office worker"

Ever though a Germanized pronunciation of mover is what I thought of too at first.

Liam said...

i'd like to be a moofer.

i think we could all use some topless interaction from time to time. do i intend that a double entendre? i suppose you'll never know.

i also like driving barefoot because i really can feel the response in the pedals much better.