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I'm definitely contemplating the importance of the quality of work and play life. Having involvements you love is a good thing...and lucky too.

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Apr 20th, 2007 at 08:09:54 AM EST
Where does the "Work/Play" concept come from? I was reminded of the cliche "I work hard and play hard", so the diary made me crack a smile.

Is "I work hard and play hard" an American thing? I haven't heard it in other languages.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 20th, 2007 at 08:25:41 AM EST
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Probably is American (sounds like it, doesn't it?). I first heard something like this back in the 70s, when they had these community games where they said something like "play hard, have fun, don't get hurt"

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Apr 20th, 2007 at 09:17:21 AM EST
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I don't know, but I've always thought it smacked of victorian/edwardian boarding school.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Apr 21st, 2007 at 04:01:19 AM EST
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I agree: it's hard to translate "play hard" into any language I know. Probably comes from how seriously anglophones have always taken "playing" sports. It also makes it easier in our puritanical cultures to justify "play" if we in effect make it hard work!
by Matt in NYC on Mon Apr 23rd, 2007 at 11:31:26 AM EST
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You can say "juego duro", but if you translate it back into English you get "play rough". "I work hard and play rough" seems to me a more apt description of what most people are actually describing when they use "I work hard and play hard".

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 24th, 2007 at 11:25:29 AM EST
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