Monday, February 25, 2008

Yard vs Garden

garden Look up garden at
c.1300, from O.N.Fr. gardin, from V.L. hortus gardinus "enclosed garden," via Frank. *gardo, from P.Gmc. *gardon (cf. O.Fris. garda, O.H.G. garto, Ger. Garten "garden," O.E. geard "enclosure," see yard (1)). The verb is first attested in 1577. Garden variety in figurative sense first recorded 1928.
I was going to wax philosophic about whether I have a yard or a garden but it turns out it's the same thing: a geard.