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Sorry, this isn't working for me

Posted by Jenny Laws on July 04, 2011 at 09:42

Hi, I'm a PhD student at Durham University. I am interested in when the word 'work' was first applied to (romantic) relationships - i.e. the notion that a relationship could 'work' or not. (The dreaded "sorry, this isn't working for me" etc...). I would guess the 1970s but wondered if there was anyway of finding some early examples/ evidence to this?

I'd be very grateful for anyone who could shed any light on this.