[Tagging] tagging laboratories

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 6 20:14:15 UTC 2019

On Wed, 6 Mar 2019 at 19:28, Sergio Manzi <smz at smz.it> wrote:

> I agree with Volker and I also woul like to underline how in Italian we
> use the sister word "laboratorio" (*both com from the Latin "labor,
> "work"*) for some craftmanship activity: we call a "laboratorio" also the
> places where a goldsmith or an orthodontic mechanic performs their craft,
> and the same for many others. I'm unsure if there is a similar usage in
> English too, but just in case...
Unsurprisingly, the English "Laboratory" also derives from the Latin.  The
Latin, as you stated,
means a place where one labours or works.  Somehow, in English, it appears
only to ever have
meant a place where one conducts scientific research and experimentation.
I have no idea why
this is so, none of the dictionaries (on-line and hardcopy) I looked at
explain why, and none
state that it ever meant any more generalized workplace.

In English, though, it would generally be used for small-scale work.  It
might be a very large
laboratory complex, but the amounts of material involved in any particular
experiment are usually
small.  Of course, there are always exceptions, but it's not producing
items or materials for
general sale.

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