Corset

By special request from SGM

 

If you think of corset today, what comes to mind is a piece of restrictive underwear. This meaning has been attached to the word since the late 18th, early 19th century. Previously, it referred to a kind of laced up bodice.

This is interesting, because the word bodice comes from “body“. And where does corset come from? It comes French, where it was the diminutive of corps, which means “body“. French, of course, got it from the Latin corpus.

The word corset in Greek is korses (κορσές), which for some reason always makes me think of corsair! Perhaps because both can be dangerous to your health!

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