Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

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You know, I never thought about the origin of that word before (commuting)

Language Hat has an entry on the origin of the word “commute” (as in “travel back and forth regularly between two places, especially home and work”):

Do you know why someone who regularly spends a certain amount of time traveling back and forth between home and work is called a "commuter"? It's because the first people so called were using commutation tickets, what we now call season tickets, that commuted ('changed,' from Latin commutare) a bunch of daily fares into a single payment. (If you check the foreign equivalents linked at the left of the Wikipedia article, you find that a number of languages use a word or phrase meaning 'pendulum migration.')

Never thought about that, but that makes sense.

Language is fun!

Tags: etymology, language
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