English Tutor Nick P Word Origims (77) Muscle

English Tutor Nick P Word Origims (77) Muscle


Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is
Word Origins 77. The word origin today is muscle. Okay. Let’s take a look at the
note here. Today the definition of a muscle is literally a piece of flesh or
meat that connects one bone to another. Okay. Let’s continue. The origin of the
word muscle goes all the way back to Latin. The Latin word was musculus.. Okay.
And at that time it literally meant a small mouse. Okay. In former times, some
people believed if one flexes his or her muscles, you know, like in our modern
times when we try to … we sometimes also say to make a muscle. You know, try to
make the muscle look big. To make a muscle. That’s to flex their muscles or
you can flex other muscles. You see the bodybuilders sometimes you know , bend
over and try to make their muscles stand up. That means to flex ones muscles.
All right. So if one flexes his or her muscles, especially the biceps. Now this
of course here. This is your bicep, especially the biceps. It appeared to
look like a mouse under a cloth or carpet. Yeah.So this is really strange
it’s weird that that the word muscle actually came from mouse. Because usually we
think … we don’t think of mice as very strong. We think of them as kind of weak.
You know, if anything maybe a rat would be stronger. But, but not , not a mouse, but
that’s really where the word muscle came from. So why did they think that. It’s
kind of weird. I don’t know if I can show you very well because I don’t actually
have the best muscles. But what they meant by that is if you do it slowly
with your bicep , you can see the muscle moving here. And they thought that that
actually looked like a mouse. The movement of a mouse under like a cloth
or under, under something. So this is where the word muscle actually comes
from. Okay. Let’s continue. All right. So in
Latin “mus” was mouse. Just must by itself and the word musculus, okay was the
diminutive form meaning a small mouse. The diminutive form you know, sometimes we
we add like a word ending to make it seem smaller like “ette” Sometimes in
English which I think we get from French can mean that you know something is
smaller or something like that. So it’s a diminutive form. Okay. Here. Yes so this
ended up be passed down from middle French to English. And then you know, it
eventually came what today we call muscle. So it’s very, very ironic. That
muscle, the word muscle actually comes from mouse. It’s, it’s more ironic when I
think, I think it told you a long time ago when I was a little kid there used to
be a cartoon called Mighty Mouse. You know, it was a bit of a joke he was like
a Superman Mouse. But maybe, maybe there’s really more of a connection there then
it was previously thought. All right. Let’s continue here. They say in Greece
there was also a similar word I think it’d be pronounced ‘Mys” that meant both
mouse and muscle in Greek. So both the Greeks and the Romans actually probably
thought this in former times. And we just have one example of the word muscle
today. You know, that’s a common word everybody should know this. Body builders
likes to flex their muscles. So remember, we also say to make a muscle. Okay . Anyway
I hope you got it. I hope you found it to be very informative and interesting.
Thanks for your time. Bye-bye.

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