ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,
ersatz_read
ersatz_read
1word1day

salariat

salariat, noun.  The class or body of salaried persons, as distinguished from wage-earners.

'Wages' are usually hourly, daily, or weekly, and are frequently associated with manual labor;
'salaries' are often a fixed monthly payment, and are associated with professional or office work.

According to dictionaries, the first known English use of 'salariat' is from 1917.
But its use as a French term predates that, as can be seen in this 1904 book review:

"...he points out there is no necessity for the 'salariat' to be also the 'proletariat'.  The existence of a proletariat does not depend on the fact that the services of a large class are renumerated by a time-rate of wages, but on the insufficiency of those wages, the insecurity of the work, and the position of dependence in which the wage-earner is placed in regard to his employer....M. Bourguin is of the opinion that the beneficient action of the employers themselves, the influence of trade unions, and, above all, legislative action, will in the future bring about all these desirable reforms.  He admits that this view may be considered optimistic, but explains that a certain amount of optimism is necessary in human affairs as tending to produce the very results desired."
- Christabel Osborn, from a review of Les Systèmes socialistes et l’évolution économique by Prof. Maurice Bourguin
Tags: french, noun, s, wordsmith: ersatz_read
Subscribe

  • Wednesday Word: Stonkered

    Stonkered - adjective. Not to be confused with Internet meme word stonks, stonkered means to be in a state of completely exhaustion.

  • Sunday Word: Peroration

    peroration [per- uh- rey-sh uhn] noun: 1 the concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the…

  • Wednesday Word: Ikat

    Ikat noun. Ikat, pronounced ee-kaht, refers to either the technique used to create this woven cloth or the cloth itself. This interesting textile…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 1 comment