Range or Stove?
Lowell from Interlochen,
Michigan, asked why we have two words that mean practically the same thing:
range and stove. Many people use the words interchangeably, but there are
distinctions worth keeping.
Stove came from an Old
English word that meant a hot air bath, a type of sauna. Originally, to stove
was to sweat. Early on, it referred to a closed basket for sweating a gamecock
or a hothouse for plants. By the 16th century, it had come to mean a
closed box in which heat is produced in order to cook.
Range comes from an
Anglo-Norman word that meant a row or a file. It is connected to the word rank,
which meant a row, line, or series of things. More properly, range refers to
the array or configuration of burners on top of an oven. The first instance quoted in the Oxford
English Dictionary goes back to
Oven came from an Old
Frisian word that meant an earthenware cooking pot. Soon after, the Old English
form came to mean a stand-alone compartment which is heated to cook or warm
Cook came from a Latin
noun that meant a person who prepares food for the table.
Check out Mike's program-based books here:
Listen to Mike’s program
in real time every Tuesday morning, 9:10 - 10:00 a.m. EST, by going to
wtcmradio.com and clicking on Listen Now. You’ll also find about a month’s worth of podcasts there under The
Ron Jolly Show.