MEANING: noun: The right to vote; also, the exercise of such a right.

ETYMOLOGY: From French suffrage, from Latin suffragium (voting tablet, right to vote). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhreg- (to break), which also gave us break, breach, fraction, fragile, fractal, infringe, irrefragable, and fractious. Suffrage? Because a broken piece of tile was used as a ballot in the past. Earliest documented use: 1380.

SCUFFRAGE - You stepped on my blue suede shoes! Why you'll pay for that!

SURFRAGE - the waves are very angry today

SUFFERAGE - having to make a painful choice in an election