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  • Mysteries of vernacular:

  • Keister,

  • a person's buttocks.

  • Though the modern meaning of keister

  • refers somewhat indecorously

  • to a person's behind,

  • the word's history does not begin with the rear end.

  • Instead, it can be traced back

  • to the Proto-Indo-European kista,

  • which described a woven container.

  • Kista influenced the creation of words

  • like the Greek kiste,

  • meaning basket or box,

  • and later, the Latin cista,

  • which meant box or chest.

  • In proto-Germanic, a sturdy, box-like container

  • was described by the word kista,

  • which eventually gave us chest in English.

  • For every locked chest,

  • there is both a key and a lock pick,

  • and the history of keister

  • draws us into this world of petty crime

  • and speculative etymology.

  • Keister may have come from the British dialect kist,

  • which was the northern form of chest.

  • In the underworld jargon of the late 1800s,

  • it referred to a burgler's tool kit that can be locked,

  • and by the early 20th century,

  • it meant safe or strong box.

  • Numerous theories about keister's connection

  • to the buttocks abound,

  • one being, that is courtesy of the slang sense,

  • used by pick-pockets to describe

  • the treasure of a rear trouser pocket.

  • Unfortunately, what isn't safe in your kist

  • may not be safe near your keister either.

Mysteries of vernacular:

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TED-ED】ヴァナキュラーの謎。キースター - ジェシカ・オーレックとレイシャ・ティール (【TED-Ed】Mysteries of vernacular: Keister - Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel)

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    姚易辰 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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