Which word is it better to use in this phrase: “A few generations ago people with rheumatism used to carry hot potatos in their pockets as a means of ( cure / recovery)”. I’m confused and I think both words are possible here. But I have to choose between “ cure “ and “ recovery “.

  • Can you edit your question to give some context of why you HAVE TO choose one of those two options? Without that context, there is no reasonable way to answer this question, as I would not use either of those words by default.
    – endemic
    Nov 20, 2018 at 5:57
  • ...But that said, given the option between them, I think that "recovery" is the better answer. Disregarding the odd context of the sentence, "as a means of recovery" makes sense to me as a phrase, but "as a means of cure" does not. In that situation I think you would just say "as a cure".
    – endemic
    Nov 20, 2018 at 7:28
  • As for me , I would use the word “ recovery” , but I don’t know why. I’m not a native speaker. 😊
    – Margie
    Nov 20, 2018 at 10:29

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I would say that both are incorrect. The hot potatoes were not a permanent solution, therefore, not a "cure".

Furthermore, "recovery" is also inappropriate for the same reason. If you have to choose between the two, I would restructure the sentence as:

“A few generations ago, people with rheumatism carried hot potatoes in their pockets as a temporary cure."

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