Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
When you have met, or even better, exceeded, your weekly production quota, you can congratulate yourself on your Stakhanovite labors. The word (pronounced sta-KAN-oh-vyte) comes from the Soviet Union of the 1930s, where Aleksei Grigorevich Stakhanov, a coal miner, was held up as an example of the efficient, heroically laboring worker. It's now an eponym for especially hardworking and productive workers.
Not everyone will admire you.
magazine, March 9, 1946: "By last week Stalin's pampering of Stakhanovites, who are not necessarily Communists, had roused the Young Communists to scoffing gibes at 'stuck-up Stakhanovites' and disclosures of the pampering they enjoy."