Thursday, November 05, 2015

Word of the day: moil

The word of the day is moil:

verb (used without object)

  1. to work hard; drudge.
  2. to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.

verb (used with object)

  1. Archaic. to wet or smear.


  1. hard work or drudgery.
  2. confusion, turmoil, or trouble.
  3. Glassmaking. a superfluous piece of glass formed during blowing and removed in the finishing operation.
  4. Mining. a short hand tool with a polygonal point, used for breaking or prying out rock.
"to labour in the mire" [Johnson], c.1400,possibly from O.Fr. mouiller "to wet,moisten," from V.L. *molliare, from L.molis "soft." 


"Sometimes the moil of slogans and counter-slogans, facts and factoids, seems impenetrable, but as I learned more I came to suspect that both sides may be correct."

 - Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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