Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy Labour Day 2009!

I was having a discussion with my colleagues last night on whether we, executive employees, are celebrated on Labour Day, 'cause you know...the word "labour" kinda actually only refers to manual workers. So, I decided to Google the word "labour" to see what the World Wide Web has to say about it. Typically, Wikipedia has some explanations:

Labour Day or Labor Day is an annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers.

The word "workers" was linked. So I clicked on it and this is what I see:

"Worker" redirects here. For other uses, see Worker (disambiguation).

One of the construction trades, traditionally considered unskilled manual labor (as opposed to skilled labor).

So, according to Wikipedia, I am not celebrated on Labour Day.

Not satisfied, I checked Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary for the definition of "labour" and I got this:

Main Entry:
1la·bor           Listen to the pronunciation of 1labor
Middle English, from Anglo-French labur, from Latin labor; perhaps akin to Latin labare to totter, labi to slip — more at sleep
14th century
1 a: expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory b (1): human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy (2): the services performed by workers for wages as distinguished from those rendered by entrepreneurs for profits c: the physical activities (as dilation of the cervix and contraction of the uterus) involved in giving birth ; also : the period of such labor
: an act or process requiring labor : task
: a product of labor
4 a
: an economic group comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages b (1): workers employed in an establishment (2): workers available for employment c: the organizations or officials representing groups of workers
usually Labour : the Labour party of the United Kingdom or of another part of the Commonwealth of Nations

synonyms see work

The only part of Merriam-Webster's definition of "labour" that I can relate to is "b (1): human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy". So, by deduction, I am celebrated on Labour Day - somewhat.

Ah, what the heck. As long as I get my day off, who cares if Labour Day celebrates me or not, right?

Happy Labour Day 2009, everyone!

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