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Does Hospital Stand for ‘House of Sick People Including Treatment and Labour’?

Claim

The word “hospital” is an acronym for “house of sick people including treatment and labour.”

Reporting

On December 17 2018, a Facebook page shared the following meme purporting to reveal the surprising etymology of the word “hospital”:


With a nod to the “today years old” meme, it read:

How old were you when you realised that HOSPITAL means House Of Sick People Including Treatment and Labour.

Fun (but often unreliable) assertions about the purported etymology of popular words are known movers and shakers on social media, often guaranteed to rake in likes, shares, and comment engagement. Frequently, the claims constituted a backronym, which is a back-formed word construction purporting to be a legitimate acronym. Although many are purely humorous in intent, others fall into the category of folk etymology or falsehoods.

While the word “hospital” was in wide use in 2016, social media discussions of its etymology made

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American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Quantity and quality of exercise for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory, musculoskele… – PubMed

The purpose of this Position Stand is to provide guidance to professionals who counsel and prescribe individualized exercise to apparently healthy adults of all ages. These recommendations also may apply to adults with certain chronic diseases or disabilities, when appropriately evaluated and advised by a health professional. This document supersedes the 1998 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Position Stand, “The Recommended Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Developing and Maintaining Cardiorespiratory and Muscular Fitness, and Flexibility in Healthy Adults.” The scientific evidence demonstrating the beneficial effects of exercise is indisputable, and the benefits of exercise far outweigh the risks in most adults. A program of regular exercise that includes cardiorespiratory, resistance, flexibility, and neuromotor exercise training beyond activities of daily living to improve and maintain physical fitness and health is essential for most adults. The ACSM recommends that most adults engage in moderate-intensity cardiorespiratory exercise training for ≥30 min·d

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What does HOSPITAL stand for? The Free Dictionary

“If you would care to look at the hospital, and are not tired, indeed, it’s not far.
“Well, then, supposing that ‘C.C.H.’ does stand for ‘Charing Cross Hospital,’ what further inferences may we draw?”
He doesn’t come to the hospital because he’s afraid of meeting you, and he thinks you’d cut him.”
The hospital was in a small Prussian town that had been twice devastated by Russian and French troops.
Now look here, just get into this cab, and I’ll drive you safe to the hospital. Don’t you see the rain is coming on?”
The day I came out of hospital I took up drinking again as a matter of course.
“‘I went the same day to the hospital, and was taken to the bedside.
He gave his orders to the boss-boys and made his regular trips to the hospital. Nothing mattered now.
“A fine
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