Saturday, June 20, 2009

Quick, Gird Your Loins!


funny word of the day: loins

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

loin
Pronunciation:
\ˈlȯin\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English loyne, from Anglo-French loigne, from Vulgar Latin *lumbea, from Latin lumbus; akin to Old English lendenu loins, Old Church Slavic lędviję
Date:
14th century
1 a: the part of a human being or quadruped on each side of the spinal column between the hipbone and the false ribs b: a cut of meat comprising this part of one or both sides of a carcass with the adjoining half of the vertebrae included but without the flank

2 plural a: the upper and lower abdominal regions and the region about the hips b (1): the pubic region (2): the reproductive organs


Evidently, there's a phrase, "Gird your loins," which has a few different meanings which I found on http://www.fluther.com/, including:

"To gird your loins during the Roman Era meant to draw-up and tie your lower garment between your legs as to increase your mobility and agility."

"The expression is Biblical in derivation, a traveler would raise his tunic up and fasten it up with his belt to free his movement and keep it from dragging in the dust."

"To gird is often used to mean prepare, make ready, or draw up strength, but literally it means to bind, tie, or surround. To gird your loins can mean to get ready for a rumble or to put on your underwear."

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