Learning English

Word: Travail

Travail [Verb]

Sentence: Storytelling has long been a favorite hobby of many of Margaret Atwood’s characters. For some, it’s a way to distance themselves from painful memories while mythologizing mundane triumphs and travails; for others, it’s a means of discovering their own identities, a way of connecting the dots in their lives, of turning random points of light into something resembling a starry constellation. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: To engage in work of a painful or laborious nature

How To Remember?

The word “ail” is used to describe when one is feeling ill or feeling pain. The “-ail” of “Travail” should remind you of that. Additionally, “Travail” sounds a lot like “Travel” – a venture requiring effort. So, the word “Travail” should remind you of a difficult journey resulting in pain during the process.

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