moil / zelig

moil MOIL, intransitive verb:
1. To work with painful effort; to labor; to toil; to drudge.
2. To churn or swirl about continuously.

1. Toil; hard work; drudgery.
2. Confusion; turmoil.

Moil comes from Middle English moillen, “to soak, to wet,” hence “to soil, to soil one’s hands, to work very hard,” from Old French moillier, “to soften, especially by making wet,” ultimately from Latin mollis, “soft.”

Zelig (ZEL-ig) noun

A chameleon-like person who appears to be present everywhere.

[After Leonard Zelig, hero of the 1983 movie Zelig by Woody Allen.]

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