Author Topic: Quarantine is another word with a foreign origin  (Read 102 times)

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Quarantine is another word with a foreign origin
« on: May 13, 2018, 03:34:49 PM »
Quarantine means  a forced period of isolation following a suspected infection. It comes from the French word quarante meaning 40. When a sailing ship was suspected of having been exposed to infection, it was forced to stay offshore for a period of 40 days to ensure that it was free of disease - hence the word quarantine to refer to the 40 day enforced isolation.