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 Girdle of Venus.Giron’dists (g soft). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Girl.
 
This word has given rise to a host of guesses:—   1
        Railey suggests garrula, a chatterbox.
        Minshew ventures the Italian girella, a weather-cock.
        Skinner goes in for the Anglo-Saxon ceorl, a churl.
        Why not girdle, as young women before marriage wore a girdle [gir’le]; and part of a Roman marriage ceremony was for the bridegroom to loose the zone.
        As for guessing, the word gull may put in a claim (1 Henry iv. 1); so may the Greek kour, a girl, with a diminutive suffix koure-la, whence gourla, gourl, gurl, girl.
        (The Latin gerula means a maid that attends on a child. Chaucer spells the word gurl.)
        Probably the word is a variation of darling, Anglo-Saxon, deorling.
 


 Girdle of Venus.Giron’dists (g soft). 

 
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