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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:57 pm 
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david_h wrote:
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'Workpeople' sounds more like 2020 and I wonder if it's a recent editorial addition in anticipation of a readership who know left pond usage.

Oh, no you don't. "Workpeople" might surface now and again
I meant the aforementioned left pond usage - "In anticipation of a readership who know left pond usage of the term 'knock up'". The occupation was 'knocker up'. In the UK, in 1881 or today, it did/does not need qualifying.

I see.

But I'm still unconvinced that "workpeople" is a later addition. English speakers come up with superfluities all the time.

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but it's all getting rather laboured

Now I'm trying to avoid puns on class struggle.

david_h wrote:
The item in the OP is, in any case, a piece of left-pond whimsy.

Most certainly. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:50 pm 
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Workpeople: click the link to see the frequency of the word's appearance in mostly American English

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=workpeople&year_start=1800&year_end=2019&corpus=26&smoothing=3&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cworkpeople%3B%2Cc0


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