Pronounced: VELT-ahn-shoo-oong, noun

Notes: I didn’t know this word, but some may be familiar with it

Yesterday’s word

The word corvée means

  • unpaid labor due from a feudal vassal to his lord
  • labor extracted in lieu of taxes by public authorities especially for highway construction or repair
First usage

The word goes back to the early 1300s

Background / Comments

The word comes from French; in the early 1700s, it gained the roadwork sense

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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