Why do so many people use the word coworker instead of colleague?
The English language already has the perfectly serviceable word, colleague, is it too difficult for some people to understand and so they use coworker.
Honestly, I use the word co-worker more because it is easier to spell. If I am talking, I will use either word.
I guess to me, colleague is more personal but it is also more professional sounding. Co-worker seems more casual and not as intimate... now I want to go look up definitions and compare, haha.
The word was invented decades ago by the illiterate corporate class of the world's economic and military superpower; which was blissfully unaware that a serviceable word already existed. I did not realize the word had any popularity among our English-speaking military auxiliaries (though cultural betters) across the Atlantic.
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