1. StripedKing Member

    France, français
    Hello,

    Does someone know the etymology of the word "work" and "labour"?

    Thank you
     
  2. [Marc] Senior Member

    French France
    Work : Middle English, from Old English weorc; see werg- in Indo-European roots
     
  3. ymc Senior Member

    labor: "exertion of the body" from Old French labour (Fr. labeur), from L. laborem (nom. labor) "toil, pain, exertion, fatigue, work,"

    in modern French, labourer now means to plow

    travail in French comes from tripallion "instrument de torture"
     
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