/v. This word popped up on the Recessionwire-inspired contest that vocabularist Ben Schott held at the New York Times website last weekend. The “official” definition, offered by a reader who goes by Hotfrostins: Extreme networking driven by the fear of potential job loss.
Some of us are natural, constant networkers. Other people only do it when they when they’re forced to—like, say, in a recession, when they’re looking for a job. So we’d broaden the definition of fretworking, to apply to any type of networking that causes stress. For more, read (Read Networking for Non-Networkers, and How to Network without Lying.)