Word of the Day 


travail .

noun1 a : work especially of a painful or laborious nature : toil b : a physical or mental exertion or piece of work :taskeffort c : agonytorment 2 : childbirthlabor 

Japan‘s electronics industry has been able to hold on to its status as a powerhouse exporter in spite of numerous travailssuch as the collapse of the bubble economy in the 1990s.” — Tatsuo Ito, Wall StreetJournalFebruary 24, 2015 

“But this is not the first time Bono has dabbled in journalism, or exposedhimself to the unforgiving gaze of the blogosphereOther literary travailsinclude a blog for the Financial Timesin which he describes meeting the Japanese prime minister….” — Alexandra ToppingThe GuardianJanuary 13, 2009

Did you know?
Etymologists are pretty certain thattravail comes from trepalium, the Late Latin name of an instrument of torture. We don’t know exactly what a trepalium looked like, but the word‘s history gives us an ideaTrepalium is derived from the Latin tripaliswhichmeans “having three stakes” (fromtri-meaning “three,” and palusmeaning “stake“). From trepaliumsprang the Anglo-French verbtravaillerwhich originally meant “to torment” but eventually acquired the milder senses “to trouble” and “to journey.” The Anglo-French nountravail was borrowed into English in the 13th centuryfollowed about a century later by travelanotherdescendant of travailler.


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