"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Sunday, 24 February 2013


Moofer is an acronym.  It stands for 'Mobile out-of-office worker' and refers to people who are employed but work from home rather than going into an office day by day.  The word was coined recently by James McCarthy, a Microsoft worker, in his blog entitled 'Mr Moof'.


  1. Not that long ago I've read this (and the explanation) in a magazine.
    But a lot longer ago I was familiar with a similar word with a very different meaning: In the early days of internet chatrooms (we're talking the 1990s here) we used to refer to being suddenly "kicked out" of a chatroom for technical reasons (not for bad behaviour!) as to having been "moofed" = modem offline. Strictly speaking, it shoud have been "mooffed" with two f, but nobody ever spelled it like that. Ah, those were the days!

  2. Moofed sounds so much nicer than kicked out or removed for technical infringement. I don't think I would have minded being moofed!
    And thanks for the additional meaning - it's always helpful to know when expressions have other meanings.