ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: operose

operose (ŏp′ə-rōs′), adj.
1.  Industrious, busy
2.  done with much labor; tedious; wearisome

Etymology:  1600s, from Latin operosus, "laborious, industrius", from opus, "work"

As I trolled Google Books in search of an example of the word, I ran across a reference to an operose agriculture, one where all the tilling was done on foot.  This reminded me of a running joke a friend and I have regarding "grinding toil" - I think the phrase joined our vocabulary by way of a book explaining the joy of planting one's front yard to grain, then harvesting, milling, and baking the grain to make a loaf of bread.  This is an operose method of feeding oneself, which would certainly give one a greater appreciation of the labor involved in generating such a basic item (while also avoiding ergot poisoning), and an understanding of why industrialization became so popular.
Tags: adjective, latin, o, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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