Write Away: “Moil”

This week, I’m obsessing about, “Moil,” thanks to a suggestion from Chris St. Clair. Here are some of the many definitions:

 – To work hard : drudge

 – To whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.

 – Glassmaking. a superfluous piece of glass formed during blowing and removed in the finishing operation.

– Origin 1350 – 1400

It’s actually a derivative of the Latin word, mollis, or soft.

Find the full definition for moil at Dictionary.com.  (I’ve been trying to use a variety of sources for fun, and had hoped to use Miriam-Webster this time, but Dictionary.com was more complete.)


Trivia note:  Chris found the word on a website about the Johnstown, PA flood (which has been referred to as the Great Flood of 1889.)  I’m not sure if I have the same website, but I found a related site here on wikipedia:  “Before hitting the main part of Johnstown, the flood surge hit the Cambria Iron Works at the town of Woodvale, sweeping up railroad cars and barbed wire in its moil.”

Railroad cars!  It’s an interesting read and a bit terrifying!


…Bubble, Bubble, Moil and Trouble (hmm, might work).

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