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The Irish work ethic


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• "Don't work too hard" ... an Irish farewell.

• "We work to live; we don't live to work."

• "He wouldn't work to warm himself."

• "If work was in the bed, he'd sleep on the floor."

• "Work is the curse of the drinking classes." — Oscar Wilde

• "Didn't do a tap." — Attended the job, but didn't do much work.

• "Didn't do a stroke." — The same as "didn't do a tap."

• "Are you working?"
  — Asked in casual street conversation. Does not imply that "what you do" defines you.

• "Pressure is for tires."


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