Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Word of the day: rota

The word of the day is rota:

  1. Chiefly British.
    1. a round or rotation of duties; a period of work or duty taken in rotation with others.
    2. an agenda or circuit of sporting events, as a round of golf tournaments, played in different localities throughout the year.
  2. a roster.
  3. Official name Sacred Roman Rota. the ecclesiastical tribunal in Rome, constituting the court of final appeal.

"A 'commission for children and old people' was set up and arranged for deliveries of fruit, olives, jam, cereals, rice, milk products and, just occasionally, chocolate.  A rota was established, providing extra meals to the most malnourished for a fixed number of weeks."

 - Caroline Moorehead, Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France

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