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Stop Saying Van – It’s a Caravan!

sheep run past caravan windowFunny you should say that. In fact the word van is a contraction of caravan.

Caravan once used to refer to a large group of people carrying a lot of baggage and may have its origins in the Sanskrit word karabhah (meaning ‘camel’).

Why listen to me though? A Judge at the Court of Appeal has laid down some education on the matter.

(To be reasonable: van for most people nowadays does generally mean a motorised vehicle.  I tend to use it over caravan mainly because it has fewer syllables – caravan is quite time-consuming. When I use ‘van meaning caravan I always prefix it with the apostrophe to denote the contraction.)

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