Where does the word testicle come from?


The testicle is derived from the word stone, which is part of the ancient hereditary vocabulary, and originally meant the weight of a net or net made of stone. The stone could be perforated and tied as such to the lower nave. The weight could also be made by braiding a suitably sized and shaped stone inside a bag made of thatch.

The word testicle, which refers to the weight of a net or net, is commonly known in Finnish dialects. The word is obviously old, as it is also used in other Baltic Finnish languages. Archaeological finds prove that net weights made of stone have been used since the Stone Age.

The testicle in the sense of the gonad was not known until the 18th century. The shift in meaning is based on a similar shape: the testicles resemble the printed stones of that time.

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Defendant: Kaisa Häkkinen

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Academician, Professor Emeritus of the Finnish Language, University of Turku.

Published in Science 14/2021.


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