English Vocabulary - Things in an Office

In today's blog post, you will learn all about the things in a typical American office! An office centers around the desk, which is the big piece of furniture in the middle of this picture that everything sits on.

On the top of this picture youโ€™ll see an overhead light hanging from the ceiling. It is casting a pleasant glow of light over the desk. Good lighting is very important in an office! 

Right under the light is a wall clock. We call this a wall clock because it is hung on the wall. Instead of the usual numbers on this clock, there are Roman numerals. This clock is showing that it is almost 11:20. We could also say that it is twenty past eleven, or almost half past eleven.

To the right and left of the clock are shelves.

On the right shelf there are books stacked on top of each other, and also leaning against one another. To the right of the books is an organizer. We canโ€™t see whatโ€™s inside of it, but my guess is that there are office supplies inside. Common office supplies are rubber bands, which are those stretchy rubber strings that hold things together, paper clips, which are wire devices used to hold sheets of paper together, and maybe some stamps for mailing letters. 

Note that office supplies are different than office equipment. Office supplies, as mentioned above,  will be used up and need to be replaced or replenished. It is usually someones job as office manager to re-order the office supplies. Office equipment, such as the lamps, desks, chairs, and computers, are things that will (hopefully!) last much longer and only need to be replaced every five or so years.

On the left shelf there are decorations or artwork. 

Underneath the right shelf is a small plant, or to be more specific, a cactus.   Everyone needs to stay caffeinated while working, so of course, there is a a mug of coffee (or tea!) on the desk next to the plant! 

To the left of the coffee cup is the desktop computer. We call it a desktop because it  sits on top of the desk! This is different than a laptop, which is portable, and can sit in your lap. You can read more about laptops in our Parts of a Laptop post!

 Hanging on the desktop is a pair of headphones to listen to music. There is also a mouse, sitting next to the computer. If you notice, neither of these have wires or cords coming out of them, which means that they are wireless and connect to the computer using bluetooth.

Stuck on the computer is a Post-it ยฎ note. We use these, or sticky notes, to write ourselves reminders of tasks or information that we donโ€™t want to forget! Another important office item to help us stay organized is a calendar. A calendar keeps track of the date so that we can make sure to meet our deadlines. 

To the left of the calendar you will see a pencil holder or jar which holds more office supplies: a pair of scissors, a ruler, pens, and pencils. 

Underneath the desk there is desk chair which is hopefully comfortable! You'll also see a trash can, or garbage can to put unwanted things in to be thrown out.

Lastly there are electric outlets underneath the desk which are used to plug the cords or wires into the wall. On this electric outlet there is a power strip, something that is used to turn one outlet into many so that you can plug multiple devices into the wall.

The style in this office is modern and minimal, which means it is very simple with clean lines and muted colors. You'd probably see furniture exactly like this at Ikea!

How is this office different from yours? What new words did you learn in this post? Can you think of any we missed?

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