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Origin of per diem
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What does per diem mean?
A per diem is a daily allowance of money given to employees to cover expenses, typically while traveling or working away from home. A per diem is intended to cover things like meals and travel expenses.
The phrase per diem comes from Latin, in which it means “by the day.” It can be used in a general way in English to mean exactly that, as in You’ll be paid per diem. It can also be used as an adjective meaning paid per day, as in This is a per diem position. In this way, it’s typically used in the context of workers who work on an “as needed” basis—they get called in to work when they are needed, and they get paid for each day, as opposed to earning a fixed salary.
Example: When sales reps go on their first big trip, they’re often tempted to blow their entire per diem on a fancy dinner.
Where does per diem come from?
The first records of per diem in English come from around 1500. It was borrowed into English directly from Latin. The first records of its use as a noun referring to a daily allowance are from the 1800s.
If you travel for work, you’re typically not expected to cover your own lodging, food, and other necessities. Instead, you’re given a per diem. A per diem can be drawn from a corporate account. More commonly, you pay and then get reimbursed for the money you’ve spent, typically up to a certain limit—so go easy on the steak and champagne dinners. (But not too easy—you’re working hard and you’ve earned it.)
When used as an adjective, per diem means “paid by day.” Some workers, such as contract nurses or substitute teachers, work in a per diem capacity, meaning they are only called in when they are needed—on a day-by-day basis. They are paid per diem (which should not be confused with being paid a per diem, as in the paragraph above).
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What are some other forms related to per diem?
- per diems (plural)
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How is per diem used in real life?
Per diem is most often used as a noun referring to a daily allowance for travel expenses, especially in the fields of transportation, entertainment, and government.
My boss: you are taking a road trip in a beautiful car, you have a nice per diem every day, go eat in a high-end restaurant
I stopped and snagged a $10 meal at TacoTime
— Todd (@addictionguy) December 30, 2019
Open MRI facility just called me to officially offer me the per diem position 😄🙌 They'll call me Monday to discuss pay. I almost passed out on the phone
— Jess 🦥 (@jessblazecos) February 16, 2018
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Which of the following things does a per diem usually cover?
- travel expenses
- all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for per diem
We do local staffing as well, but most of the time, the local nurses are already working with their local hospitals on a per diem basis or maybe they’re in their float pools.A depleted workforce and no end in sight: An inside look at America’s ailing health care industry|Erika Fry|December 8, 2020|Fortune
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During an emergency that ratio could be allowed to drop to 8.5 people per orbit.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Well over a thousand holes in, I average less than four strokes per hole.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
At least one child in CAR has been killed or gravely injured per day, and 10,000 have been recruited into militant groups.
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I doubt that thirty persons per day are carried into or brought out of it by all public conveyances whatever.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
The Act permits member banks to accept an amount of bills not exceeding 50 per cent.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
At this period it brought enormous prices, the finest selling at from fifteen to eighteen shillings per pound.
In 1205 wheat was worth 12 pence per bushel, which was cheap, as there had been some years of famine previous thereto.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
We did not talk much about the past at dinner, except—ah me, how bitterly we regretted our 10 per cent.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for per diem
- an allowance for daily expenses, usually those incurred while working
- (as modifier)a per-diem allowance