Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by StripedKing, Jun 15, 2007.
Does someone know the etymology of the word "work" and "labour"?
Work : Middle English, from Old English weorc; see werg- in Indo-European roots
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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