origin of the term leg

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  1. haggler

    haggler War Hero

    we often hear of a tie being split into two legs but where does this come from?

    indeed wher does the term tie come from?

    so smartarses you must have all said we will beat them in the second leg but why ?
  2. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    It's a stage of a competition, probably from sailing:

    leg (n.) [​IMG]late 13c., from a Scandinavian source akin to O.N. leggr "leg, bone of the arm or leg," from P.Gmc. *lagjaz, with no certain ulterior connections, perhaps from a PIE root meaning "to bend" [Buck]. Cf. Ger. Bein "leg," in O.H.G. "bone, leg." Replaced O.E. shank. Of furniture supports from 1670s.

    The meaning "a part or stage of a journey or race" (1920) is from earlier sailing sense of "a run made on a single tack" (1867), which was usually qualified as long leg, short leg, etc.

    Slang phrase shake a leg "dance" is attested from 1881. To be on (one's) last legs "at the end of one's life" is from 1590s.

    tie (n.) [​IMG]"that with which anything is tied," O.E. teag, from P.Gmc. *taugo (cf. O.N. taug "tie," tygill "string"), from PIE *deuk- "to pull, to lead" (cf. O.E. teon "to draw, pull, drag;" see duke (n.)). Figurative sense is recorded from 1550s.

    Meaning "equality between competitors" is first found 1670s, from notion of a connecting link (tie-breaker is recorded from 1961).

    Sense of "necktie, cravat" first recorded 1761. The railway sense of "transverse sleeper" is from 1857, Amer.Eng.

    Isn't the internet brill?
  3. PrinceAlbert


    Well, that answers "who will win the dullest thread award 2012"
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  4. Biscuits_AB


    Don't be too quick to judge. I'd say that any of the "I'm joining the....." and several of the "Does anybody know this man and are his medals genuine?" threads are winning just now. But that's probably more to do with frequency than substance. Oh, and let's not forget any post by that speccy stab **** MSR or by Jim "Look at what I've blogged, aren't I clever, please say 'yes' and I'm in a 'sandy place'!" bellend. They usually send me straight into the "I love guns and ammo" style threads in search of excitement. It's early days though.
  5. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    I got the word 'pie' into the second post. Must be worth a point or two, shurely?
  6. Just think how dull it will be if this thread gets deleted. We then get the 'why was my thread deleted' thread, followed by several more as that one is also deleted.
  7. CaptainPlume

    CaptainPlume LE

    It's American for "Hat", isn't it?
  8. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

  9. Taffnp

    Taffnp LE

    If you fail to even get into the final, then does that that mean you have not got a leg to stand on ?
  10. CaptainPlume

    CaptainPlume LE

    Be a problem in an arrse kicking contest.
  11. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

  12. tuffy52

    tuffy52 LE

    Legless thread TBH.....
  13. sandmanfez

    sandmanfez LE

    I dont know (nor care) but I do know what a real womans ladyparts look and taste like.
    Do I win?
  14. CaptainPlume

    CaptainPlume LE

    Did you get your leg over?
  15. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    Pull the other one.
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