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Sunday, May 19, 2013

darg

\dahrg\ , noun;
1.
Scot. and North England. a day's work.
2.
Australian. a fixed or definite amount of work; a work quota.
Quotes:
...as I thought myself entitled to a young man, and did not relish the apparition of him coming in at the gloaming, when the day's darg was done, and before candles were lighted.
-- Carl MacDougall, The Devil and the Giro, 2010
Man does not live by money alone, where would we be without our daily darg?
-- Alasdair Gray, McGrotty and Ludmilla, or, The Harbinger Report, 1990
Origin:
Darg derives from the Old English word dægweorc, from the roots dæg meaning "day" and weorc meaning "work."
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