One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he appealed to Germany for political asylum’
refuge, sanctuary, shelter, safety, safe keeping, protection, security, immunity
haven, safe haven, retreat, sanctum, harbour, port in a storm, oasis
safe house, fastness, hideaway, hideout, bolt-hole, foxhole, hiding place, den
2‘his father went mad and was confined to an asylum’
psychiatric hospital, mental hospital, mental institution, mental asylum, institution
informal madhouse, nuthouse, loony bin, funny farm
North American informal bughouse, booby hatch
dated lunatic asylum
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