Pat from Elk Rapids
asked about the word stateroom.
century), the stateroom was the captain’s cabin on board a ship. It was the
largest and most desirable one available. Soon thereafter, it was used to
designate a large, lavishly decorated hotel room used on formal or ceremonial
Within a century, a
stateroom was a cabin on a passenger ship that provided sleeping
accommodations. It no longer was reserved for the superior officer. In 19th
century America, it was a private compartment on a railway train.
The words state, estate,
and status are connected. One’s social standing was involved, especially where
wealth and possessions were concerned. At the core is the Latin verb stare, to stand. The participle form
shifted to the spelling form stat-.
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