NON-WORK­ING CLASS

Reader's Digest - - Word Power -

Cram­ming for tests, slav­ing over papers—school can be a grind. But the word school comes from the Greek shkole, mean­ing “idle­ness.” In an­cient Greece, shkole re­ferred to how the well-to-do spent their spare time: in philo­soph­i­cal dis­cus­sion. Shkole be­came the Latin schola (“meet­ing place for teach­ers and stu­dents”), which in turn gave us school.

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