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Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:23 pm

• labor •


Pronunciation: lay-bêr • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun, mass

Meaning: 1. Work for wages. 2. Difficult or exhausting work. 3. The process of childbirth. 4. The liberal political party in Britain and certain other countries (capitalized).

Notes: Keep in mind that today's is one of those words, like color-colour, favor-favour, spelled with a [u] outside the US (labour). The adjective is laborious everywhere. Liberals in some countries are referred to as the Labor Party or just Labor, since Liberals have historically worked for the rights of workers.

In Play: The first Monday in September was designated Labor Day by Congress in 1894 to divert the attention of the US labor movement away from the May Day demonstrations in Europe. These demonstrations were organized by socialist parties in support of the 8-hour workday. They began in Paris on May 1, 1890, and that day eventually became International Labor Day, celebrated throughout the rest of the industrialized world. The 8-hour workday became law under Roosevelt's New Deal in 1938 after most major manufacturers had adopted it. Today we continue to celebrate the most productive labor force on Earth on Labor Day.

Word History: English labor is a perfect tracing of Latin labor "work", a word that remained labor "work, activity" in Spanish, and went on to become French labour "ploughing" and Italian lavoro "work". The Latin noun underlies the verb laborare, visible in laboratorium "workplace", the source of laboratory. Elaborate comes from Latin elaborare "to work out" that was originally ex "out" + laborare "work".

All of us here at alphaDictionary wish all of you a happy and relaxing Labor Day with your family and friends.
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Re: Labor

Postby call_copse » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:06 am

The one thing I can never grasp from here is the miserly time off or 'paid vacation' as you'd no doubt have it. Also, the Americans who make a point of pride of not even using that.

http://business.time.com/2013/08/30/thi ... -laboring/

But, yes, productivity is good.
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Re: Labor

Postby MTC » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:28 am

Workers of the world, unite! (But leave me out.)

After decades of labor I'm ready to wallow in mindless, carefree, irresponsible, limp leisure. I've earned it. Let some other starry-eyed fool who's bought into the work ethic pick up the slack.

Think I'll have another vodka tonic. Oh, waiter!
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Re: Labor

Postby LukeJavan8 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:20 pm

:lol:
-----please, draw me a sheep-----
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Re: Labor

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:10 pm

On the other hand, most businesses have an accumulated leave policy, sometimes adding a paid day off for, say, every two months you work, aiming for a week off after a year. Some businesses cap it at two or three weeks. Some allow you to take a day or two off, say to make a four day weekend. Others require at least a week or five days at a time. I once worked in a welfare department where the social workers could take the days one at a time if they chose until the typing pool complained. Seems they made it harder for the typists to get off in order to keep the work going.

Surprised no one has yet mentioned the legendary Puritan work ethic. We blame a lot on that over here.
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Re: Labor

Postby Slava » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:20 pm

A trivial labor tale from my Russia days, but not an urban legend as I personally know the person involved:

Russians are known for smoking. My friend was a non-smoker in an office full of smokers. As smoking was not allowed inside, all the users had to go to the front of the building. Mini breaks, you could say. As my friend did not do this, on occasion she would tell the boss she should get a Friday off to make up for the difference. She got them.
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Re: Labor

Postby MTC » Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:13 pm

Perry Lassiter wrote:Surprised no one has yet mentioned the legendary Puritan work ethic. We blame a lot on that over here.


Appears you glossed over my post.
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Re: Labor

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:41 pm

Ah yes, you did mention the work ethic. But to me there is a significant difference between a work ethic and the Puritan work ethic, as between a hard worker and a workaholic. I used to be the latter, but I now enjoy your lifestyle sans the vodka. However, my coffee has by many been deemed of at least equal strength. Now excuse me while I refill my cup.
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Re: Labor

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:47 am

Perry: I believe the Puritan work ethic is more often termed the Protestant work ethic. Max Weber coined the phrase. While he wrote in German, it translates to Protestant rather than Puritan. Being neither a Puritan nor a Protestant, I stand outside this tradition. I do, however, have a work ethic.
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