After recently coming across the 13th century term “forswunk” on the “British Medieval History” Facebook page, and sharing its delightful meaning with coworkers (“exhausted from too much work. To be ‘foreswunk’ is to be exhausted before you even begin”), we decided to share this and other fun, weird, and wonky work- or medically-relevant words with our wider readership. Here are a couple to go along with ‘foreswunk’:
Fudgel (18th C): the act of giving the impression of working, but actually doing nothing.
Perendinate (19th C): to put off, specifically until the day-after-tomorrow.