The word quarantine comes from a contraction of the Italian words (in the Venetian dialect) for 40 days, referring to the length of time a ship would have to remain in port during the Black Death. It’s not the only Italian word that refers to 40 days: la Quaresima, the Italian word for Lent, also means 40. Latin and the Romance languages all refer to Lent as “the forty…

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