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Work Brickle, Work Brittle

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Rebecca in Jackson, Tennessee, says her mother-in-law would describe people unwilling to work as not work brickle. The word brickle has long meant “brittle,” is probably a word of Germanic origin and an etymological relative of the word break. The expression work brickle has meant both “eager to work” and “lazy,” although the “reluctant to work” meaning is now the predominant one. This is part of a complete episode.

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