"Commute" in European languages?

Paul McFedries lists at MCFEDRIES.COM
Wed Jul 3 14:07:27 UTC 2002

The fellow who coined the term "telecommuting" in 1973 has told me that in
the early 80s he started using the word "telework," instead, because most
European languages didn't have an equivalent for the verb "commute" (in the
sense of to travel regularly to and from one's place of work). This seems
surprising since this sense of "commute" has been in the English language
for over a hundred years. Does his assertion seem plausible?


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