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task

/tas/ [Pan-Creole; cf. Réunion Cr. Fr. tas idem (Chaudenson 1974:193); cf; DAE, an amount of work formerly demanded of a slave; a measurement of land fixed in terms of the time needed to work it obs → 1862; the Guy. taas is :115), MCC tas half an acre (Holm 1978), Gul. task one quarter of an acre (Writers' Project 1940:116)]

n. a unit of land measurement, remembered as being about an acre: 1888 Land is usually measure by the coloured people by the "tass". They mean "task". This is a relic of the slave days, when the slaves had so much land marked out to the to work within a given time (Powles 154). 1966 I done cut [cleared] about a half a task more (Crowley 58).

Tags: geography, noun

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Last update: 2011-08-29 01:28
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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