Stream: zulip

Topic: origin of "water cooler"


view this post on Zulip RalfJ (Apr 20 2020 at 17:07):

Tshepang Lekhonkhobe said:

in offices, the water cooler is where people would have unplanned meets, talking about this and that

hm I dont even remember seeing water coolers in the (few) offices I have been in^^

view this post on Zulip Wesley Wiser (Apr 20 2020 at 17:17):

I think it's mostly an American thing. For various reasons, a lot of people don't feel comfortable drinking tap water here so offices typically contract a company to provide spring/filtered water.

view this post on Zulip Josh Triplett (Apr 20 2020 at 18:01):

@Wesley Wiser @RalfJ We just have a water filtration system and separate taps for "filtered cold water" and "filtered near-boiling water" at the small kitchen.

view this post on Zulip Josh Triplett (Apr 20 2020 at 18:01):

We have a separate "hanging out and talking" area. But the metaphor remains.

view this post on Zulip Wesley Wiser (Apr 20 2020 at 18:01):

Yeah, I've seen a lot of newer offices do it that way in the US

view this post on Zulip Wesley Wiser (Apr 20 2020 at 18:02):

Or "newly renovated" perhaps...

view this post on Zulip Josh Triplett (Apr 20 2020 at 18:02):

Seems much more economical and less wasteful than bottled water.

view this post on Zulip RalfJ (Apr 20 2020 at 18:04):

Wesley Wiser said:

I think it's mostly an American thing. For various reasons, a lot of people don't feel comfortable drinking tap water here so offices typically contract a company to provide spring/filtered water.

I dont remember a water cooler in mozilla's portland office either...
but in my head I now substituted it by "(office) kitchen" and then it transfers easily to Europe :D

view this post on Zulip RalfJ (Apr 20 2020 at 18:05):

but I also never never understood the US habit drinking cooled water even when the outside temperature is moderate and there is AC, so I'd probably see a water cooler and think for myself "ah, water that's too cold to drink, where do I get normally temperated water?" ;)

view this post on Zulip RalfJ (Apr 20 2020 at 18:06):

"no ice please" is probably my single most used phrase in US restaurants :P

view this post on Zulip RalfJ (Apr 20 2020 at 18:07):

Wesley Wiser said:

I think it's mostly an American thing. For various reasons, a lot of people don't feel comfortable drinking tap water here so offices typically contract a company to provide spring/filtered water.

one reason being that most US tap water (in my experience) is undrinkable due to how mow chlorine it contains?^^

view this post on Zulip RalfJ (Apr 20 2020 at 18:07):

(also sorry for derailing this into curious US/Europe cultural differences)

view this post on Zulip DPC (Apr 20 2020 at 19:31):

reads this while drinking water from the tap directly

view this post on Zulip scottmcm (Apr 21 2020 at 22:04):

@RalfJ Yeah, I said that without even thinking about how my office doesn't have a literal water cooler either :sweat_smile:

view this post on Zulip pnkfelix (May 04 2020 at 15:37):

/me goes ahead and renames all the messages regarding origin of "water cooler" term


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