It’s more widespread than I thought.
A man came to clean and restore the seats in my husband’s car recently. He travels all over South-West England to do this and is a master of his art. It’s amazing to watch him work.
And what he said as he was leaving was just as amazing. ‘You know,’ he said, ‘I’ve been in business for 25 years and this is the first garage I have EVER seen that actually has cars in it!’
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a garage as a “building for housing a motor vehicle or vehicles”.
I think the time has come to redefine it, and here’s what I suggest: “A building designed for housing a motor vehicle or vehicles, but more commonly used for storing clutter”.
And if this continues, perhaps a ‘b’ will need to be added to the middle of the word garage to truly reflect its modern-day purpose.
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