Famous Sayings: #77 — ‘Working Hard or Hardly Working’

September 1, 2017

Are you working hard or hardly working?

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Has this man been working hard? To me, it looks like he was hardly working. (Photo by Jason Ernst via Flickr. Some Rights Reserved.)

For Labor Day Weekend, I wanted to do another themed post. Originally, I wanted to look at this phrase last year, but I decided to go with something else for two reasons: First, there wasn’t a lot of information out there. Second, I thought this phrase seemed a bit disrespectful for the occasion.

Since then, I found some articles related to this theme, some with bits of inspiration. However, it was hard to pin down the origin of this phrase.

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