Rounding out Across the Pond Day on GardenRant: a recent news story describes a Citigroup banker’s fight over his "gardening leave." What, you say? Leave from your job to garden? Time to start trolling the London Craigslist for jobs!
In fact, "garden leave" or "gardening leave" is a term used in the UK to describe a situation in which an employee is given notice that they will be fired (or placed on disciplinary leave), but are told to go home and simply collect their pay for the rest of the notice period. The idea is to keep potentially disgruntled employees out of the office, and also to keep them from going to work immediately for a competitor.
If you told an American worker that they were being sent home on gardening leave, they would look at you with utter confusion and astonishment. What would we call it here? TV leave? Xbox leave? Mall leave?