[Project_owners] Word of the day

loic loic at xhtml.net
Tue Jul 8 16:46:42 EDT 2003


Pete Collins wrote:

> I'm subscribed to dictionary.com's word of the day mailing list.
> 
> Here is today's word:
> 
> travail
> 
>   travail \truh-VAYL; TRAV-ayl\, noun:
>    1. Painful or arduous work; severe toil or exertion.
>    2. Agony; anguish.
>    3. The labor of childbirth
> 
>    intransitive verb:
>    1. To work very hard; to toil.
>    2. To suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.
> 
> 
> I thought this was pretty amusing.

I didn't know that travail which is "work" in French without any 
consideration of agony, severe, etc.. has that meaning in English :o)

We pronounce it TRAV-ayl\

loic
a French in Denmark



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