Ambulance – Walking

Ambulance: A vehicle equipped for taking sick or injured people to and from hospital, especially in emergencies. Interestingly, you can also use ambulance as a verb, “I’ll ambulance you”.

Ambulance was originally a French word and joined English in 1798, it was applied to mobile hospitals and even field hospitals at the time.

The word effectively means ‘walking’, it was a shortening of the term ‘hôpital ambulant’ used in the early 1700s with ‘hôpital’ meaning ‘hospital’ and ‘ambulant’ meaning walking, ‘ambulant’ was from the Latin ‘ambulantem’ which is also where we get ‘amble’ from.

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