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  • 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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