Take It Easy

Trek is a common word that writers use when they’re tired of using trip or journey. But trek isn’t an exact synonym for those other words. According to Merriam-Webster, it was originally an Afrikaans words meaning to travel by ox wagon. The modern usage describes a slow or arduous journey.

Think about it: did the folks on Star Trek look like they were having a good time?

So if the journey you’re writing about is a hard one, go ahead and call it a trek. But if it’s a leisurely one, call it a trip or a journey or an excursion, or something specific to the travel.

2 Responses to “Take It Easy”
  1. Pat says:

    Do you think “trek” achieved such currency, and possibly its imprecise use, because of “Star Trek”?

  2. Warren says:

    Sadly, I’ve been guilty of this error a time or two myself.

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