The word quarantine comes from quarantena, meaning "forty days", designating the period that all ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore during the Black Death plague epidemic.
It followed the trentino, a thirty-day isolation period.
@fribbledom trentino, the root of which Tarantino comes from, who should be quarantined from making any more really bad movies!
In French it's similar, "quarantaine" is also a synonym for fourties (the age bracket).
There you go, a bit of trivia you didn't ask for. 😄
> The word #quarantine comes from quarantena, meaning "forty days"
Almost but not quite. #Quarantena is an antiquated form of #quarantina which in a number of #Italian languages (incl. standard Italian) means simply “40 of something” (ex. “arrivato alla quarantina, lascia le #donne e stai con gli #amici.”)
This, of course, comes from #Latin quadriginta (40, numeral) + the Latin (& IE) -ānus, a sort of genitival particle.
In case you wondered. 😛
According to "Accademia della Crusca" (the reference institution for Italian language) the word itself has always been related to a period of 40 days, but only in the late XVI century it has been used for sanitary confinement.
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@fribbledom Can you please cite your source?
I'd like to know what a 14-day isolation period called?
I mean, that's where we are at right now.
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