Hotel Americana

24 Jan

Classic Word of the Daycaravansary –  n.  hotel or inn, usually with a central courtyard, typically where Middle Eastern caravans converge

Classical Usage:  Mrs. Touchett and Miss Stackpole both have strong opinions.  Strong opposing opinions, that is.  The younger thinks American hotels are the greatest, the elder holds that they are the worst.   Who should we believe?  James tells us in Chapter XI that Henrietta has some experience in the matter, . . . in the exercise of her profession [she] had acquainted herself, in the western world, with every form of caravansary.

Classically Mad Usage:  This is easy enough to incorporate, I’ll simply start referring to all hotels as caravansaries.  While I’m at it I’ll probably begin to call our minivan a camel.  After all, those fast food plazas on the toll roads are already labeled “Oasis.”

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in The Portrait of a Lady


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