English: sanatorium and sanitarium

Tutoring English, familiar words can hold surprises. The tutor mentions such a case with the words sanatorium and sanitarium.

I almost never hear sanatorium, but rather, sanitarium. They have the same meaning: a facility promoting patients’ recovery, possibly from long-term ailments.


Mish, Frederick C (editor). Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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