The term “start-up” derives from the English “to start up,” meaning to ignite, switch on, or activate. It is first attested in its original signification around 1200, meaning to “rise up,” and in the 1590s it took on the meaning of “to suddenly come into being.” While the verb “to start up” has seen steadyRead more about Start-Up[…]

Personal Brand

The etymology of the verb “branding,” derived from the Old English noun brond, “fire, flame, destruction by fire; firebrand, piece of burning wood, torch,” can be traced back to around 1400, initially meaning “‘to impress or burn a mark upon with a hot iron, cauterize; stigmatize.’ Figuratively, often in a bad sense, ‘fix a characterRead more about Personal Brand[…]

Digital Nomad

  “Want to escape the office? Top 10 cities for digital nomads.” Headlines like these promoting the seemingly leisurely lifestyle are omnipresent these days, but what exactly does it mean to be a digital nomad? The term digital nomad consists of two separate nouns that both heavily influence its meaning. Digital nomads are part ofRead more about Digital Nomad[…]

The Glass Ceiling

The term, ‘glass ceiling,’ is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an intangible barrier within a hierarchy that prevents women or minorities from obtaining upper-level positions. ” It is unclear who first used this phrase, or when, but it is believed to have been coined by Marilyn Loden, when she spoke on a panel at the 1978Read more about The Glass Ceiling[…]

Non-Disclosure Agreement

  Non-Disclosure Agreement (N.D.A) A non-disclosure agreement is a legally binding contract between two people or a business/company and a person that summarizes material or information that is confidential and can only be shared between the two signing the contract. The origin of a non-disclosure agreement is hard to pinpoint, however, it did become popularRead more about Non-Disclosure Agreement[…]


#Girlboss To talk about the origins of #Girlboss, we must first discuss the origins of the way we use the word “boss” in our modern day tongue. Boss, in the more social sense of the word, can be used to describe someone who is awesome, miraculous, or great. Someone who takes charge of their lifeRead more about #Girlboss[…]


Last night, I watched an old film called It Happened One Night and found Claudette Clobert’s performance to be an absolute delight! One particular scene required her character to drive a car despite not knowing how exactly, and she performed quite well! In this example, the word performance can be understood to mean two differentRead more about Performance[…]


“Work-life balance” (also work/life balance) is formed, in English, by compounding. According to Oxford Living dictionaries, the roots of the term trace back to the 1970s. The first part of the expression is the term “work-life” where work refers to the worker’s duties on his employment position, while “life” concerns the employee’s private life. “Balance”Read more about WORK-LIFE BALANCE[…]


Self-marketing (also referred to as personal branding) is composed of the word self-, referring to the agent themselves, appeared before C9, oE self, selfa; G selb-, and the word marketing, mE, from vL marcātus — trading, buying, the use of which has seen an exponential growth in eC20 when its meaning gradually morphed so asRead more about Self-marketing[…]