Quiz: Do You Know The Origin Of The Word “Travel”?
Greg Rodgers of StartBackpacking.com does:
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Our ancestors knew the real deal. The word “travel” comes from the old French word “travail” which means to work. That word, is thought to have come from “tripullare”, which is the three sectioned whip that Roman soldiers used to strongly encourage productivity out of the laborers in their expanded empire. They associated the act of moving from one place to another with hellish torture.
I’m embarrassed to say that, with all the obsessing I’ve done over travel, I never actually knew the origin of the word!
(I’m also embarrassed to say that I’ve never been able to properly spell the word “embarrassed” without the aid of Spell Check. Fun fact about me: I once lost a middle school spelling bee because I mispelled “embarrassment”. How do you define irony?)
Check out the full text of Greg’s piece here. I guarantee it’ll make you laugh.