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Looking for word for an amount of work that had to be done, but was not and now aggregated into a collection of undone work.

She was falling behind the rest of the class, having 7 unfinished assignments in her ______

  • Methinks thou art undone. – David Feb 6 '18 at 19:44
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You are probably looking for backlog:

a large number of things that you should have done before and must do now:

  • I've got a huge backlog of work to do.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

  • Super! Merci! Will accept the answer in 11 minutes (can't do it now for some reason). – Eduard Feb 6 '18 at 19:46
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    @Eduard I think that the reason is to give other users at least some time to compose their own answers before you check off the first answer and move on. – Arthur Feb 7 '18 at 9:58
  • @Arthur - true, anyway OP can remove and change the green tick anytime if better answers are posted. – user240918 Feb 7 '18 at 10:00
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I think backlog is best, but allow me to offer an alternative, in-basket (or in-box).

This refers to a stereotypical office worker having two wire baskets at different corners of the desk, one marked IN and the other marked OUT. The in-basket contained files or messages that had not been taken care of, that were pending work by the employee. The out-basket contained those items that had been completed and just needed to be filed or delivered.

Consider this poor cartoon person's dilemma:

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  • Although, I am 100% satisfied with backlog, but your reasoning is so great, that I can't not up vote it. – Eduard Feb 6 '18 at 20:00
  • Inbox was the first word that popped into my head when reading the question, but backlog does seem to be a better fit. Upvotes all round! – dkwarr87 Feb 7 '18 at 10:32

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