#348…sci., relig., ETC.: “Steak & Henry VIII”




A word that describes a cut of beef…

Not an idiom (a word you can’t figure out just from its roots) 


But a word that goes all the way back to the 1500s how it was once used by


Henry VIII

or so the folklore goes…and requires using the DOOR.




   There’s no way of confirming the precise truth to this.

   But Henry, it was said, really loved eating. One time the old tyrant (who once knighted my ancestor Roger de Knapp for valor in a tournament¹) enjoyed a feast so much that he actually bestowed a knighthood on a delicious loin of beef he’d been served. And, much to the amusement of his guests, the favored cut thereafter became known as “Sir Loin.”²

   (Pack that tidbit away for the next time you’re out for a fancy dinner and the conversation flags³.)


   ¹ From old family records.

   ² From Albert Jack, Black Sheep and Lame Ducks, (Perigee, 2007).

   ³ “Flag” is useful word with several meanings, the one here is “becomes tired, weak, or less enthusiastic.”

Author: John Knapp