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Sala and Sa­lon, Sa­loon

Sala, the com­mon Span­ish word mean­ing “room,” comes from the same root as two very sim­i­lar Eng­lish words: sa­lon and sa­loon. All come from the old Ger­man sal mean­ing “hall” or “house” and thus it’s an in­ter­est­ing ex­am­ple of how words de­grade over­time: some­thing big and grand like a hall or a house is now just your lit­tle back room.

The s‑l root is clear­ly vis­i­ble in all vari­a­tions.


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