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This week's theme: less-known synonyms of everyday words.
sartorial (sar-TOR-ee-uhl) adjective
Related to a tailor or tailored clothes.
[From Late Latin sartor, tailor.]
Today's word has a cousin, sartorius, a long narrow muscle in the leg, the longest muscle in humans. What would tailored clothes have in common with a muscle of the leg? Sartorius is so named since it is concerned with producing the cross-legged position of tailors at work.
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"The dignified Muganda man will appear at formal occasions dressed in a kanzu, the long, white robe introduced by the Arabs at about the same time the European missionaries were arriving with their own sartorial ideas." John Matshikiza; Uganda Lives With The Old And New; The Daily Mail & Guardian (South Africa); Apr 7, 2000.
Lying is done with words and also with silence. -Adrienne Rich, writer and teacher (1929- )