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    I demand a refund of the cost of the board

    When writing a letter of complaint to the hotel manager, can I use 'board' meaning 'food' in such a sentence:
    I demand a refund of the cost of the board because I did not eat in your hotel.

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    Re: I demand a refund of the cost of the board

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    When writing a letter of complaint to the hotel manager, can I use 'board' meaning 'food' in such a sentence:
    I demand a refund of the cost of the board because I did not eat in your hotel.
    It would be better to use "food" or "meals".

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    Re: I demand a refund of the cost of the board

    Even though we still use phrases like "half board" and "full board", you rarely hear "bed and board" any more and I would never expect to hear just "board" used to refer to meals.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I demand a refund of the cost of the board

    It's an interesting usage, as I note in my study of my native ancestral language, Icelandic, that all the Scandinavian languages also have the metaphor from table to food, just as the Latin languages use "kitchen" and the East Asian ones use "rice" or "vegetables" as a synechdoche for the more general concept. So I suppose we get the concept of board meaning food from the Danes in the Yorkshire region, who influenced Old English a good deal.

    Board is acceptable in your letter, though I agree 'meals' is clearer these days.

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    Re: I demand a refund of the cost of the board

    We have "room and board" at colleges (or boarding schools), but you would not use "board" by itself like this. It's a part of a set phrase.

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