Room and Board

Room and board might be your compensation for a job well done.  Of course a room sounds nice, but I’ll skip the board.  Actually, rather than being a mildly useful piece of wood, board in this instance means meals.  It comes from an archaic use of the word board to mean table.

We get the expression above board, meaning honest, from this old usage meaning everything ‘on the table’. A boarding school is one where meals are served.

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