Posted by: Natalie | March 9, 2010

Word of the Day: Cardigan


Word Origins:

Most people know and understand this garment, and therefore it’s  word, to derive from the Earl of Cardigan. It does indeed, the seventh Earl of cardigan to be exact, James Thomas Brudenell (1797-1868). Brudenell was a military commander in the Crimean War and famously led his 700 troops into a bloody massacre against the Russians in 1854; the Charge of the Light Brigade. It was thought to be one of the most heroic defeats in British military History. The Cardigan that was invented in his name was not necessarily as we know it now, but was worn beneath the soldiers’ clothing to keep out the Crimean chill. But what I think is wonderful, is during this same war two other garments we know and love today, were invented; The balaclava after the ‘balaclava helmet’, a knitted head warmer named after the scene of the Charge of the Light Brigade; and the Raglan Sleeve, a very wide and roomy garment (supposedly to put one arm up the other when wrapping your arms around you) named after Lord Raglan who popularised it during the same war.

Urban Dictionary Definition:

  1. a younger women who “hangs around” older men

Nat’s Definition:

  • A definite must in every girl’s wardrobe.
  • A definite no in every boy’s.
  • Just like a good woman: warm, welcoming, excellent at multi-tasking, and great for any occasion.
  • Added insulation.

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