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Entry from February 03, 2014

A “workaholic” is someone who is addicted to work. “Workaholics Synonymous” was cited in print in 1947, when it was a pun on the group Alcoholics Anonymous.

Wayne Edward Oates (1917-1999) popularized ther term “workaholic” in 1968 and is frequently credited with its coinage.

[The 1947 “workaholic"citation was found by Fred Shapiro and published on the American Dialect Society listserv.]

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
work·a·hol·ic noun \ˌwər-kə-ˈhȯ-lik, -ˈhä-\
: a person who chooses to work a lot : a person who is always working, thinking about work, etc.
work + -aholic
First Known Use: 1968

5 April 1947, Toronto (Ontario) Daily Star, pg. 6:
If you are cursed with an unconquerable craving for work, call Workaholics Synonymous, and a reformed worker will aid you back to happy idleness.

13 June 1962, Thomasville Times-Enterprise, “Work: Is It A Curse?”, pg. 4, col. 1:
But how should a young man starting out in life guard against becoming a workaholic?
-- Ormund Powers—Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel.

OCLC WorldCat record
On being a “Workaholic”
Author: Wayne E Oates
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: Pastoral Psychology, v19 n8 (196810): 16-20

OCLC WorldCat record
Confessions of a workaholic; the facts about work addiction.
Author: Wayne E Oates
Publisher: World Pub. Co. [©1970]
Edition/Format: Book : English

The workaholic syndrome
Author: Judith K Sprankle; Henry Ebel
Publisher: New York : Walker, 1987.
Edition/Format: Book : English

Posted by Barry Popik
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