Dave Lodyga
февраль 2017.
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What is the origin of the Russian word lodyga?

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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.

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