At a dinner party last night the elderly host said, ‘Oh, everyone around this table has a niche job.’

I hadn’t misheard, he hadn’t said ‘Nice’. What surprised me was how seemingly true that felt. And that would be a good thing. Here are the first two definitions of niche:

1. an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object.

2. a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing.

And apparently there are verb forms too: you can niche, have niched, or be niching. ‘I’m niching this afternoon. You?’

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