Trivia Thursday: Vacation etymology

Each Thursday, Anywhere Anytime Journeys will bring you some fun trivia about travel and tourism. This week, our topic is the etymology of the word “vacation”.

Vacation Word

“Vacation”, new to English in the 14th century, came to us as the Middle English “vacacioun” from the Latin “vacatio”, meaning freedom or exemption, and ultimately from the verb form “vacatus”. “Vacate” also derived from vacatus.

In other words, when we say we want a vacation, we are saying, “We’re going to vacate” or “We’re outta here!”

[Source: Travia: The Ultimate Book of Travel Trivia by Nadine Godwin]


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