June 21, 2016
garage (noun)
\guh-RAHZH\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a shelter or repair shop for automotive vehicles
How do you use it?
Since his car was in the garage for repairs, Anthony had no choice but to take the bus to work.
Are you a word wiz?

As you may have guessed, "garage" entered our language because of technical advances. What do you think happened at about the same time that "garage" first started being used in English?

The answer that will get you into high gear is B. "Garage" entered English in the early 1900s, just as the Ford Motor Company was established and more cars were being produced. Automatic transmission was developed by Oldsmobile around 1940. Streetcars had been in use since the mid-1800s, while the first steam engines date from the early 1700s. Other words relating to motor travel that were introduced around the same time as "garage" include "limousine," "windshield," "spark plug," "speed limit," and "motorboat." "Garage" has as its root "garer," the French word meaning "to dock" (as a ship), but the word is now most often associated with automobiles, trucks, and buses.
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