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Tra­ba and Tav­ern

The Span­ish for “ob­sta­cle”, tra­ba, comes from the Latin tra­bis, mean­ing… “wood”.

The same Latin room, tra­bis, evolved in Latin to mean “tim­ber or a beam of wood” and from there, over time, evolved in­to the Eng­lish (via French) tav­ern. What is a tav­ern if not an old wood­en house?

So next time you’re drink­ing in a tav­ern, re­mem­ber that the tav­ern is an ob­sta­cle to your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty! But that’s not nec­es­sar­i­ly a bad thing.


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