Russian Language
Feb. 23, 2017
Lodyga Dave

What is the origin of the Russian word lodyga?

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9 months, 2 weeks ago Татаринцев Евгений

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1 year, 7 months ago Кузьмишин Евгений

You'd be kind of shocked by the exotic etymology :)Lodyga, diminutive lodyzhka, means an anklebone, or knucklebone in cows, sheep and horses. These bones were used to play "knucklebones" or "knuckles" (babki in Russia), an ancient world-wide game. However, the players were usually considered lazy and do-nothing guys, so to be a lodyga, or lodyzhnik, meant to be known by neighbours as a lazybone, work-shy.