One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toll for the use of a bridge; a tax paid for the maintenance and repair of a bridge or bridges.
Middle English; earliest use found in Statutes of the Realm. From Anglo-Norman pontage, pountage and Middle French pontage from post-classical Latin pontaticum, pontagium bridge-toll from classical Latin pont-, pōns bridge + post-classical Latin -aticum.
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