Why was "tantrum" trending last week?
unpaid work on public projects that is required by law. Under the Roman Empire, certain classes of the population owed personal services to the state or to private proprietors-for example, labour in lieu of taxes for the upkeep of roads, bridges, and dikes; unpaid labour by coloni (tenant farmers) and freedmen on the estates of landed proprietors; and labour requisitioned for the maintenance of the postal systems of various regions. The feudal system of corvee-regular work that vassals owed their lord-developed from this Roman tradition. (The term corvee, meaning contribution, is now often used synonymously with statute labour.)