Commute: To change

Commute: To travel back and forth to work

‘Commute’ is a word that’s been with us since the mid 1400s, with its original meaning of “to transform’. It comes from a Latin word ‘commutare’ which combined the intensifier ‘com’ with ‘mutare’ which meant to change.

It’s first use to relate to travelling is from 1795 when it was applied to travel season tickets – the idea being that one type of payment had been changed for another, soon after it was applied to the travellers too as ‘commuters’.

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