Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Fun With Etymology

I had a bit of a problem doing my exercise of choice, running, last summer, because one of my hamstring muscles was sore for months, along with a bit of mild sciatica, I think. I tried to just "run through it" but it was never that easy or pleasant.

As I was finishing a run yesterday, an easier pain free run, I was musing to myself, "Last summer I was really hamstrung by my hamstri... hey, wait a minute."

Probably everybody knows this, but the obvious connection between "hamstrung" and "hamstring" had never occurred to me. For those who don't know, being hamstrung is the result of hamstringing.