Testicular Fortitude

Speaking of terms with Roman origins, I was always a fan of this one:

It was the custom in Ancient Rome for the men to place their right hand on their testicles when taking an oath. The modern term ‘testimony’ is derived from this tradition.

I think the fear of castration would be a much stronger incentive to keep your oath than putting your hand on the Bible. Perhaps the US government should look into this…

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~ by herodotuswept on November 16, 2007.

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