Travel or travail?

Last week, I quipped on Twitter, “Says something that English and French looked at a Latin word for ‘torture’ and the English used it for travelling and the French used it for working.” The next day, my editors at The Week emailed to ask if I had a topic for an article for them this week or next, and I said… hmm, yes! It hit the internet today:

The trials and travails of ‘travel’

2 responses to “Travel or travail?

  1. Rocky & Bullwinkle’s “Fractured Fairy Tales – The Elves and the Shoemaker” seemed to have this in mind. An artist asked the elves how to become a famous shoemaker. “You gotta suffer,” they told him. After much suffering: “How can I make a shoe with a soul? “You gotta travel.”

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