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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Technical Tuesday Mouse

Technical Tuesday Mouse

According to an article in National Geographic Kids, the word “muscle” comes from the Latin term musculus meaning “little mouse”. The Romans thought the biceps, when flexing, resembled a mouse moving under a rug. Or, it may simply be that the muscle itself looked like a small mouse. This analogy was also made in Greek: the word mys means both muscle and mouse.

This made me wonder where the word “mystery” came from, since it seemed like a logical progression from mys. But no. Mystery comes from from Anglo-French misterie, and Old French mistere "secret, mystery, hidden meaning". So sometimes things aren’t always what they seem.

But now it’s no mystery where the word “muscle” comes from.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #27fff:
“The word muscle means little mouse.”

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“When the mouse laughs at the cat, there's a hole nearby.”
― Nigerian Proverb

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