Vocabulary History Lesson: Parlor

Beauty parlor. Tattoo parlor. Pizza parlor. Ice cream parlor. Massage parlor.

I remember my old-New England grandmother referred to the living room as the “parlor,” a term for that particular room that’s now fallen out of fashion.

Parlor hasn’t always meant any of these things, and it hasn’t always been a place for chatting. Merriam-Webster explains.


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