"Commute" in European languages?
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Wed Jul 3 14:36:24 UTC 2002
In a message dated 7/3/02 10:18:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
lists at MCFEDRIES.COM writes:
> European languages didn't have an equivalent for the verb "commute" (in the
> sense of to travel regularly to and from one's place of work). This seems
> surprising since this sense of "commute" has been in the English language
> for over a hundred years. Does his assertion seem plausible?
I don't know if this is correct, but I once read in a railroad magazine that
this sense of "commute" comes from the practice of issuing "commutation
tickets", this being the term for multi-ride tickets issued at a discount.
In case you're interested, the word "commutative" is from Aristotle.
"Commutative property" was introduced, in French, by François Joseph Servois
- James A. Landau
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