Definition: To eat at one’s desk.
Sample usage: “If people didn’t eat al desko so much, the office wouldn’t be overrun with mice. Honestly, some of them have building access cards now so they can bring friends.”
Popularity: It’s a great word — OK, OK, phrase — and deserves immediate adoption. It actually makes eating at your desk sound like something out of the ordinary, even though it’s not. But whimsical words, like the things in the containers in the office fridge, are perishable; we’ll be sick of this phrase in three months and will wince inside when people say it. Up-to-date people will be saying “cubivore.”
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