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[word-lover] 2009-01-15 BBC: Keep Your English Up To Date

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Twenty-four seven,most of my work is done on-line these days,and I am always surprised how many people expect to be available on twenty-four seven,answering E-mails as soon as they arrive night or day.

 

It wasn't too long ago that people tended to work a fixed timetable - once the work was done, they headed home and that was it for the day.But the rise of Internet,on-line shopping and banking and other always-on services has given us this idea that everything should be available all of the time.And that's where the expression twenty four seven comes in.

 

When something's twenty four seven, you can pretty much guarantee that it is always available,or that a services is offered the all days without interuption around the clock.The Oxfored English Dictionary first include twenty-four seven way back in 1983,but it is only in recent year that it's becomes widespread covering shops,websites and even people. These days might even find 24/7/365,meaning that a service is available every day of the year,which more or less describes my work routine.

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