The Word of the Month

Lay off

February 2019

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Definitions

A layoff: a dismissal, a redundancy.
To lay off: to fire, to dismiss.

Also: to stop bothering someone; to cease an activity.
Ex: Lay off me! I’m trying to lay off coffee.

Layoffs in the news

February has seen 2000+ layoffs in digital publishing (Buzzfeed, Vice) as Facebook swallows advertising revenue.

Many talented journalists will have to lay off investigating and writing for now.

Fortunately, everyone on social media is a journalist now. BTW, did you hear that the Earth was flat?

Things to do after the layoff

Lay low: Be discreet. People might not notice you’re unemployed.

Lay an egg (like a hen). Learning new skills is essential for re-employment.

Get laid: Have sex. Better than being screwed by Facebook.

In layman’s terms

Husband 1: Honey, I just got laid.

Husband 2: What?!

Husband 1: I mean I just got laid off.

Husband 2: WHAT?!

Husband 1: I mean I just laid an egg.

Husband 2: Honey, please lay off the drugs.

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