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1280764.  Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:51 pm Reply with quote states

In medieval times, people curled up on wooden boards with animal skins, this is where the phrase ‘bed and board’ comes from.

but it seems much more supported that "board" comes from (dining) table.

The relevant meaning of board from the OED:

A table used for meals; now, always, a table spread for a repast. Chiefly poetical, exc. in certain phrases, esp. in association with bed to denote domestic relations [...] God's board: an old name of the Lord's table, or Communion table in a church. to begin the board: to take precedence at table.

The first citation of board as table is from around 1200 ("Mi bord is maked. Cumeđ to borde."), and there are uses as late as the mid-1800s where board is used to mean "table" (without being part of the phrase "room and board"): "He looked at the banquet which was spread upon his board" (1862). (end quote)

Freemasons dine from a 'Festive Board' after meetings.

1280765.  Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:52 pm Reply with quote

Also, in Scandinavian languages, Bord means table, as in Smorgasbord.

1280766.  Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:26 pm Reply with quote

Also on the Beds page, two conflicting entries:
"The bedframe didn’t appear until the 14th century."


"Between 3,000 and 1,000BC the Egyptians were building elaborate beds for the Pharaohs. Ornate wooden bed frames were carved and laid with goldleaf."


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