Central American migrants – mostly Honduran – in a caravan heading to the United States on November 11. Picture: AFP
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

As Trump calls US-bound migrant ‘caravan’ a national emergency, a look at the word’s humble origins

How the word ‘caravan’, which originated from the Persian word for trader, eventually entering English in the 1590s, became a political flashpoint

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Central American migrants – mostly Honduran – in a caravan heading to the United States on November 11. Picture: AFP
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