A Swedish colleague has asked for my suggestion for web app page titles. The task has left me and a fellow native speaker stumped... The answers should apply to British and American English.

  1. A page for users to "clock in" and "clock out". We're even unsure whether or not there is a better term for indicating presence at work than this.
  2. A page to view all clocked times. My initial thought was "timesheet"?


  • Good question, I don't recall a proper name for those machines except 'clocking-in machine'. Everywhere I worked that had one, you were simply told to 'clock-in/out' at the 'clocking-in machine'
    – Frank
    Apr 14, 2014 at 8:00

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One punches in / clocks in and punches out / clocks out using a time card inserted into a time clock, clocking-in machine or time recorder. The resulting data might be recorded in/on a timesheet or log.

Today, one might record similar information in a computer-based system by logging in and logging out.

  • I hadn't even thought of logging in/out. Thanks for your reply! Apr 14, 2014 at 13:09

"Sign In" and "Sign Out" is also used when the clock metaphor isn't as accurate.

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