Skellywag

Sunday, October 09, 2005

The meaning of hard work

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The Greeks and Romans praised otium, or leisure, the very opposite of negotium, or business.

Interesting etymology from The Grauniad via The Idler. Similarly revealing is "business" itself i.e. busy-ness, as contrasted to the more idle life prior to Industrialisation.


1 Comments:

  • Interesting similarity between 'otium' and 'opium'...not so much of a coincidence, me thinks.

    By Blogger pandacub, at 9:24 am  

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