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Friday, November 23, 2012

Etymology of the Day: Groin

Posted by on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The day after Thanksgiving is usually a snoozer at Stranger HQ—except for those who care about shopping and/or are expected to leverage the absurdity of Black Friday into some pithy observation about the economy. If you're anybody else, please enjoy this video of a football player who may or may not have purposefully kicked another football player in the groin.

Which brings us to the day's etymology: groin.

1590s, earlier grine (1530s), from M.E. grynde "groin" (c.1400), originally "depression in the ground," from O.E. grynde "abyss," perhaps also "depression, hollow," from P.Gmc. *grundus.

I'm going to start using "grundus" instead of "groin." It sounds better, more earthy and visceral. The OED says "groin" comes from "depression" because the grundus is in the "fold or depression" between the abdomen and the thigh.

And here's a little groin-related medical advice from Lanfranc's Science of Cirurgie, circa 1400: "If þe prickynge be in þe foot, anoynte þe grynde wiþ hoot comoun oile." I think that means that if your foot hurts, rob hot oil on your grundus.

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Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 1
ho hum. the best football play of yesterday was the high-larious fumble by Jets' qb Mark Sanchez:…
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM · Report this
Posted by COMTE on November 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 3
This jerk Suh drew a suspension last year for intentionally stomping on an opposing player's arm on Thanksgiving, so apparently it's a holiday tradition for him to maim people.
Posted by Gern Blanston on November 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM · Report this
Interesting thing about that letter þ, called a thorn: It's pronounced the same as 'th' but many early printers didn't have it, so they used 'y' instead. Hence 'Ye olde Curiosity Shoppe'. They didn't actually say 'yee', they were just bad at typesetting.
Posted by ejamadoodle on November 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 5
Every time I look at that replay it looks more and more intentional. The league ought to fine the shit out of him and his team.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on November 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM · Report this
Sandiai 6
Do quarterbacks not wear cups? His grundus looks unprotected.

Oh yeah: intentional.
Posted by Sandiai on November 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM · Report this
rob! 7
Personally, I enjoy using the word "fundament" for butthole (distal-aperture sense, not typical-Republican-politician sense).
Posted by rob! on November 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM · Report this
Grundus is a wonderful word. I'm putting it into my personal dictionary and yes, I will be using it. Also, @7, isn't it interesting that "fundament" is the root of "fundamentalism" (in the typical-tea-bagger-religio-political sense, not the distal aperture sense but equally appropriate).
Posted by Calpete on November 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 9
This is what Suh did last Thanksgiving to get himself thrown out of the game. It's a tradition!…
Posted by Gern Blanston on November 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 10
@6 Amazingly, very few players wear cups. Almost all of them are wearing compression shorts, which keeps the grundus snug.

With the advent of extensive weight training and targeted nutrition, a lot of the pads (Thigh, Hip, Tail) of yesteryear aren't used anymore. Players carry an extra 15+ pounds of soft muscle for protection.
Posted by Sir Vic on November 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM · Report this
Sandiai 11
@10. Thank you for that.
Posted by Sandiai on November 23, 2012 at 9:00 PM · Report this
Oh, Lions.
Posted by kersy on November 23, 2012 at 9:14 PM · Report this

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