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6 comments on this post.
  1. Joannah:

    Funny, in Romanian (which is a latin origina language) spargere means breaking. For example spargerea geamuluil means breaking of the window. You’re right I think spa has nothing to do with the term spargere.

  2. Joannah:

    Oups, sorry about the spelling, I ment ‘spargerea geamului’. I’m typing faster than I’m thinking, lol.

  3. Lacey Cook:

    i love to take a bath in a Hot Tub, this was the first thing that i installed in our newly built house.;`*

  4. Harry:

    Enjoyed reading your etymology on ‘spa,’ and I feel reassured that reason has not yet retreated, fully. However, a word of caution: There are self-anointed word origin gurus who time and again manage to plant their concoctions into peoples’ minds, such as ‘the hotel lawyer, James Butler’ and his claim that spa is derived from a 1st century Roman acronym, which I refuse to repeat, here. Bottom line: The more grotesque, the greater the gullibility.

    P.S.: In terms of Jackie’s query on “old Walloon:” One would be hard pressed to find a “Walloon” word. Such a word would be of Celtic origin (Walloon=
    Welsh=Gaul=Celt), Latin or Frankish (or, with regard to the latter, also Teudisc=Old German), which were the principal languages spoken in the area before the emergence of medieval French.

  5. Alice:

    SPA stands for Sanum per Aqua-the Latin phrase used by the Romans to say “health through water (bathing).

  6. Adriana:

    Could you answer a burning question that has troubled me for over 30 years? The connection between “trunk” in American English to the British English “boot”. What is the origin of “boot” for the trunk of a car? Will be very grateful to know.

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