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Re: Work is the curse of the drinking classes

Posted by R. Berg on December 13, 2002

In Reply to: Work is the curse of the drinking classes posted by Pat the Hat on December 13, 2002

: Purely for my own curiosity this one - anyone know the origin (Oscar Wilde?) presumably a corruption of something much more worthy..
: Pat.

More recent than Wilde.

"work is the curse of the drinking classes." A catchphrase pun on the cliché (untrue since WW2 and grossly exaggerated since WW1), 'drink is the curse of the working classes': since the late or, at earliest, the middle 1940s [Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British," 1977].