Words at Play : Top 10 Words of Summer

#10: Vacation

Inside one cherished word, we find another: vacation's roots include the Latin vacatio, which means freedom.

Originally, vacation simply meant "a respite from something."

In the late 1800s, however, American English gave it the sense it enjoys today – "a break from regular work."

Before that, Americans used holiday (from holy day), as the British still do.

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