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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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    The 'boss era.' – Jim Jun 21 '12 at 7:36
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    Exactly. Why would there be a prefix to indicate nothing? – Matt E. Эллен Jun 21 '12 at 7:38
  • and I have the same issue but with "pre January" and "post January" which are exclusive statements and none of them seems to cover "in January" - got it for licensing of Java software and there is a release that had place exactly in January - any ideas how to understand it in such case? – tymik Apr 10 '19 at 11:35
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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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    There seemed to be some skepticism around the initial question, and it seemed a little bit niche to me when I first saw it a month or so ago, but I just wanted to mention that, now that I have this word in my toolkit, I find myself reaching for it way more often than I would have expected. Thank you! – LSpice May 6 at 15:56
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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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