One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Masonry. Simple, smooth, or unadorned stone or stonework.
2Work of a plain or simple kind, as distinguished from ornamental work; specifically (now historical) plain needlework or sewing, as distinct from fancy-work or embroidery.
Late Middle English. From plain + work.
plain work/ˈpleɪn wəːk/
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