Family Word Snacks: Sisyphean & Effortless


“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.”
― Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex


Sisyphean: [sis-uh-fee-uh n] (a) 1. of or pertaining to Sisyphus. 2. endless and unavailing, as labor or a task.

in a sentence: If you’ve ever heard the term “Sisyphean task,” it refers to the legend of Sisyphus.

FUN FACT: In Greek Mythology, Sisyphus was the king of Corinth (also known as Ephyra) who was sentenced by the gods to the cruel and unusual punishment of pointless, never-ending labor. Sisyphus had to roll an enormous boulder up a mountain, only to have it roll back down again, over and over for all eternity.


effortless: (a) requiring or involving no effort; displaying no signs of effort; easy

in a sentence: His father wasn’t excited about his son’s interest in figure skating; but when he saw his son’s skilled and effortless performance, it made him proud.

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-Elle C.

image: “Sisyphus at Target” by andrechinn, Creative Commons

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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