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We were discussing something like pre-boss era, post-boss era. What word describes the era where the boss is still there?

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closed as general reference by Matt E. Эллен, Mahnax, simchona, Mitch, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jun 23 '12 at 2:28

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The 'boss era.' – Jim Jun 21 '12 at 7:36
Exactly. Why would there be a prefix to indicate nothing? – Matt E. Эллен Jun 21 '12 at 7:38
I never thought about it that way! :) Thanks! – theTuxRacer Jun 21 '12 at 7:44
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Peri-boss era. This prefix allows you to create delightfully clear parallel construction that covers all cases:

  • pre-, before
  • peri-, during
  • post-, after

Google [ pre- post- peri- ] for examples “in the wild”. These prefixes are popular in medical terminology, such as pre-, peri-, and post-anesthesia.

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The word you might use to describe what is happening now is current. Era is rather a grand way of referring to periods with and without a boss, but I assume there is a tinge of irony in doing so.

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Although it might more conventionally be expected to mean "inside the boss", there is some support for the notion that you could describe this period as the "intra-boss" (during the boss) era.

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