In the era of Covid-19, ‘curfew’ is considered an extreme measure for containing the spread of the virus. Illustration: Mario Riviera
In the era of Covid-19, ‘curfew’ is considered an extreme measure for containing the spread of the virus. Illustration: Mario Riviera
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

How a medieval health and safety initiative gave us the word ‘curfew’

  • The term used to denote the ringing of a bell that told townspeople to extinguish the embers in their hearths

In the era of Covid-19, ‘curfew’ is considered an extreme measure for containing the spread of the virus. Illustration: Mario Riviera
In the era of Covid-19, ‘curfew’ is considered an extreme measure for containing the spread of the virus. Illustration: Mario Riviera
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