Workaday workers in the printing works
U 7.87-9: Strange he [Nannetti] never saw his real country. Ireland my country. Member for College green. He boomed that workaday worker tack for all it was worth.
The setting in the printing works of the Freeman's Journal and Evening Telegraph is oddly appropriate for Bloom's "workaday worker tack", as the (Dublin) Evening Telegraph
ran a Saturday column ("The Work-a-Day World"), signed by “a
Work-a-Day Worker", which covered trade-union matters and other concerns
of the working man.
Joseph Patrick Nannetti's obituary in the Freeman's Journal for 27 April 1915 elucidates Bloom's otherwise slightly cryptic comment on the expression:
Completely revised 27 December 2012.
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