Why We Call It a 'Cummerbund'

Cummerband seems like an odd word. Here's its origin.

Mignon Fogarty,
December 21, 2016

This week I had occasion to look up the spelling of the word cummerbund and came across a tidbit you may find interesting as you fasten one around your waist if you’re getting a tuxedo for New Year’s Eve or a formal holiday party. 

First, I always thought it was cumBERband, but it’s cummerbund.

Second it comes from a Hindi word that has roots meaning a band that covers your loins: kamarbandkamar, which means “loins” and band, which means “band.” It’s a loin band!

Now you have embarrassing small talk to use if you can’t think of anything else to say at your holiday parties. You’re welcome.


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