This is the full read-only archive of the "Ask the Wordwizard" section of the original Wordwizard site. The responses to the questions originate from Jonathon Green, the compiler of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and numerous other dictionaries.
The earliest seaboard use of stateroom comes in the mid-17C when it is defined as 'a captain’s or superior officer’s room on board ship.' The use of the the term for passengers is first found in 1774 and defined as a sleeping apartment with one or two berths on a passenger steamer.ACCESS_POST_ACTIONS
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