9 Grammatical Pitfalls
1968, coined from work (n.) with second element abstracted absurdly from alcoholic. This sets up the old Rodney Dangerfield joke: "My old man was a workaholic: every time he thought about work, he got drunk."
workaholic work·a·hol·ic (wûr'kə-hô'lĭk)n. One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work.
An exhortation to listen, to pay attention: Word up, fool. We be fresh tonight
[1980s+ Black; probably based on listen up]