One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The entrails of an animal, especially a deer, as used for food.
gut, guts, entrails, visceraView synonyms
- ‘Such a pie was originally made from umbles (the innards of a deer) and was so recognized until the 19c.’
- ‘People translate the defunct word ‘umbles’ for the innards of a deer into ‘humble’, as in ‘humble pie’.’
- ‘So in the 15th century numbles lost its initial ‘n’ and became umbles, possibly also through confusion with the supposed French word l' umbles (from lumbles).’
- ‘Another, archaic, English word for insides, especially those of deer, was ‘umbles’, a term which survives in the expression ‘to eat humble pie’, meaning to be apologetic or submissive.’
- ‘The original umbles were the innards of the deer: the liver, heart, entrails and other second-class bits.’
Middle English (denoting the back and loins of a deer): from Old French, from Latin lumbulus, diminutive of lumbus ‘loin’.
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