We all know the lingo. Nose to the grindstone. My 9 to 5. A case of the Mondays. It pays the bills. Everybody's working for the weekend. I owe my soul to the company store. Quittin' time. Clocking out. Closing bell. TGIF.
Let’s face it. Most of the idioms that accompany work portray it in a bad light. In some small way we take delight in the camaraderie from the shared experience embodied in phrases like "working for the Man," "The weekend was just too short," and “It’s five o’clock somewhere.” There is general consensus that work just plain stinks. Whether it's the overtime or underpay; the disgruntled customers or the taskmaster bosses, we‘ve all had our fair share of dread, exhaustion, and exasperation in the place we end up spending roughly a fourth of our lives.