NATIONAL WORK LIKE A DOG DAY
The English language is often confusing. Take, for instance, two common idioms we use in our everyday lives: “It’s a dog’s life” and “Work like a dog.”
“It’s a dog’s life” refers to dogs being able to laze around and sleep all day, having no worries or issues more pressing than dinner time. “Work like a dog,” on the other hand, suggests just the opposite. It means working to your maximum ability for an extended length of time. How can these two phrases both be appropriate when they mean contradictory things?
HOW TO OBSERVE
You can celebrate by either working very hard or – if you’d rather – simply by sharing on Social Media just how hard you work using #NationalWorkLikeADogDay to keep folks informed.
Although the origins of “Work like a dog” are not known, it most likely refers to actual working dogs. Sheep dogs and sled dogs are good examples. They are bred to work hard – working even gives them pleasure.
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