"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Saturday, 24 October 2009


As a noun vail once meant profit; return; or proceeds.

As a verb it was to yield; to remove or doff, as a sign of deference, a hat.

1 comment:

  1. Oddly enough "Vail" is also the name of a ski resort in Colorado. And since it's one of the most expensive places in North America to vacation, this definition seems apropos!
    Canadian Chickadee