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interview-ile

analogy; verb; blending
To exile someone (most often a roommate) from a communal space for the purposes of conducting a phone or online interview for a job or internship. This phrase is possibly short for “interview exile,” although the phrase was not formed from the blending of these two words. Instead, it was formed through analogy from the word sexile.
 
This term is typically used among college students during recruiting season, as many students have technical or behavioral phone interviews that they must do in a quiet environment. Under these circumstances, many students will ask their roommates to leave the room so they can do their interviews in peace. The person who coined this term likened this situation to being sexiled, which is when a roommate asks you to leave a room for the purposes of sex. After drawing this analogy, the word interview-ile was formed. (It could also be the case that it was a blending of the words interview and exile, but it seems more likely that it’s analogous to sexile.)
Etymology : Interview-ile is formed by analogy from the word sexile. Interview itself comes from the root entre-, meaning “between,” and the Old French voir, meaning “to see.”
Source : Facebook Post: “My roommate doesn’t sexile me. He interview-iles me. Like dude just get an internship already.” (On Facebook. 11-21-2019)
Last modified: 6 December 2019


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