I'm career-oriented but not workaholic

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supermarioutd

Senior Member
Persian
Hello to all,

Does this sentence make sense to you? :

I concede that I'm career-oriented, but I wouldn't go as far as calling myself a workaholic.


Can I say that workaholic has a more negative connotation in comparison with career-oriented and then say okay I am career-oriented but I am not workaholic?

Or are those two words basically the same and cannot be used in that sentence?
 
  • Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    Can I say that workaholic has a more negative connotation in comparison with career-oriented ..
    Yes. Any word made up from alcoholic with the -holic ending is probably intended to imply that the condition is pathological, although people sometimes exaggerate or use the -holic ending to be humorous, e.g. chocoholic. Career-oriented, family-oriented, goal-oriented etc. don't have this extreme connotation.
     
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    supermarioutd

    Senior Member
    Persian
    Yes. Any word made up from alcoholic with the -holic ending is probably intended to imply that the condition is pathological, although people sometimes exaggerate or use the -holic ending to be humorous, e.g. chocoholic. Career-oriented, family-oriented, goal-oriented etc. don't have this extreme connotation.
    Thanks:thumbsup:
     

    Tamara9

    New Member
    French
    For future viewers of this thread: Workaholic means to be addicted to work, escaping one's feeling through always working.
     
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