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Femur Feminine Family Pheme Phoneme Telephone

Meanings in unpretentious words like HIP and THIGH are often difficult to convey succinctly. Even setting aside the HYPE inherent in HIPSTER and HIPPIE and consideration of those who seek to be HIP or noted, does not help. The chosen solution is to divide the subject into three parts.

As a start, an invocation to Janus, the symbol of "all beginnings" may be a way to heed the counsel of Ovid that "everything depends on the beginning".

 
Curves (Rottenhammer)

First we focus on feminine CURVATIOUS HIPs and THIGHs and their impact on masculine psyches. Other overviews explore HIP and THIGH as a locomotor unit while another overview is focused on CURVE and seeks to inCLINE readers to notice links with CLINICAL matters.

It is self-evident  that CURVACEOUS HIPS and THIGHS are an attribute of FEMININITY. This view is in harmony with a definition attributed to Mr. N. Webster who stated -

"CURVE or CURVAceous" can be defined as
"A well proportioned Feminine Figure".

     
"Feminine" defines "Curvatious". (Goya)

In Italian and Latin, the thigh is GAMBa and FEMUR and both are given as feminine and also point to GAMBit as in GAMBle. Perhaps this should remind GAMBlers seeking fortune that not only CURVAceous FEMORA are dangerous but that to GAMBLE with FORTUNE may result in misFURTUNE. From Italy we also get VIOLa di GAMBA, a musical instrument held between both thighs.

 

Curves induce resonance. (Ingres; String Instruments)

The story about the affair of Zeus and Danae reminds how tempting thighs can unleash FORTUNAte or unFORTUNATE events. Apparently, Zeus induced Danae to spread her thighs to receive him materialized as a shower of gold. The great Apuleius coined the word INTERFEMINIUM to refer to the virtual space between FEMINine thighs or FEMORA as a way to avoid the use of more graphic anatomical names. To complete this story, some say that unFORTUNAte Danae was raped or VIOLated but others say she was FORTUNAte. In any case, the imPREGNABle Danae was imPREGNated by Jove and her PREGNancy produced PERSEUS, so named to remind posterity of his GENesis by "per Zeus" and that to this day his father's and mother's GENes persist in PERSIA.

           
             
 
  
Impregnable Danae was Impregnated by Gold. (Mabuse; Titian; Studio of Titian; Titian)

 
              
     
Thighs can inflame desires. (Studio of Rubeus; Greuze)
 
 Modern versions of Danae are rather Mundane. (Slevogt)

The Roman vocabulary added unique nuances to THIGH or the FEMORAL region. The outer thigh was called FEMAR and the inner area was known as FEMEN, as if to stress its more intimate character. To this day most modern men seem to pay attention to FEMAles with CURVAcious hips, thighs and particularly to those with long FEMURS. One quest of FEMINISM is to educate a FEMINA or FEMELLA (girls and young women in Latin) how to best avoid becoming enslaved or a FAMULA in a male dominated society. It is strange that many feminists are ambivalent to the fact that many women exploit their FEMINinity, FEMEN and interFEMINIUM with the aim to engender a loving FAMILY and gain the status of FEMINA, thus avoiding the fate of a FAMULA. Perhaps feminists should also take notice that, although ancient Greeks also admired a curvaceous FEMURA and alluring FEMAR and FEMEN, they had a far greater admiration for PHEMI or the CHARming FEMinine ability "to speak" softly and graciously with an emphasis on poetry. Such is also the essence of the appreciation for Geishas. History shows how FEMAles of modest beauty but possessing PHEMI achieved immense power. Sapho, Cleopatra, Roxalana, Mata Hari, Lola Montez were not particularly beautiful but their PHEMI was phenomenal. It is probably true that no woman achieved the status of "FEMME fatal" without the possession of a remarkable PHEMI. AngloPHONE FEMINists forget that PHEMI PHONEtics or mindless chatter as well as a fondness for telePHONE abuse is anti-FEMinine. PHEMI is the source of CHAR, the power source of a CHARIVNA, Ukrainian words for CHARM and CHARacter of enCHANtresses, including those who evolve into bewitching witches.

  

Modern females can benefit from knowing better about the ideas in
FAMULA, FEMINA and PHEMI. (Chasserian; Bellini).

The opposite of PHEMI is LACONIC, an idea traced to Spartan culture centered in LACONia. It was proposed then, that boys should be LACONic or succinct in words. Sadly, parents who sustain such views condition their boys to become LACONIC boring men who are bound to be accused of being curt.

 
Hips and Thighs sustain Muscular Motion. (attributed to the Eupiletos Painter)

In Spanish THIGH or MUSLO is a MASCuline word. In any case, THIGH or MUSlo is quite MUScular as denoted by MESKSH, MUCZ, MYSH, MUS, MUSCULUS, MUSLO, MIASO, MASCULINE from Sanskrit, Ukrainian, Latin and Spanish. These words denote flesh, muscle, man, and mice as well as FEMUR or thigh. MYSH and MUS in Ukrainian and Latin mean MOUSE, a fact that underscores how ancient poets were amused by how contracting muscle bundles reminded observers of  a mouse moving under the carpet of skin.
    
Andromeda had feminine curves and Perseus had masculine muscles. (Troschel)  MASculine MUS or MICe are MUScular. (Flegel)

A muscular THIGH is indeed THICK as is the thickest of fingers or THUMB. In the interest of brevity, the series THICK, THUMB, THIGH as in SWOLLEN, ENGORGED, TURGOR, TUMOR, TUBER, TUBERCULOSIS, enTOMBed or in Spanish TUMBA or in Greek TUMBOS for "swollen ground" of a fresh TOMB, are explored separately.

     

FEMinine FEMurs may not be as MUScular as MASculine GAMBas but do appeal to MASculine men. (Reni; Titian)

Consideration must also be given to the emotional impact of HIP and THIGH motions. Hip GYRAtions induced by walking, running, dancing or otherwise, give rise to a vast repertoire dealing with dance and sexuality - for example, dancers of the Argentine TANGo are expected to demonstrate GYRAting hips and thighs. Another TANGent that also emerged in Buenos Aires are women who GYRAte their hips in public and become branded as GIRA for harlot. A similar idea also emerged in Ukraine where AMBULATING women with a swaying CURVAtious hips may be may branded as CURVA or whore. In Italy, women with an enticing stride are less likely to be insulted and instead attract gallant comments but nonetheless may be called GAMBERRA, to stress that they flaunt their GAMBA or THIGH perhaps with prostitution in mind.

       

FEMinine FEMurs PHEMi never being LAConic are traits of a FATal FEMme FATal. (Putz)

   
Only few "Femme Fatal" gained power solely by swaying hips. (Stuck)
     

To TANGo calls for GIRAting hips and GAMBAS or thighs - one TANGential way to promote pairing. (Pene du Bois; Hopper)

A more JOCULAR panorama emerges when those who are obese JIGgle their ample hips, thighs, buttocks or GLUTeal regions as when they JOG, JUMp or dance a JIG. Perhaps JIGGling fatty GLUTeal regions may discourage GLUTtony and diets with a GLUT of GLUten and GLUcose.
   

 In some cultures steato pygia (fat-butt) is a sign of Callipygia (beautiful butt). (Ancient Statuettes)

Finally, curve and curvaceous or KAMPE or KAMPA in Indo-European, point to KNEE or KOLINO in Ukrainian as well as to inCLINE, deCLINE and CLINIC which are matters exposed in a companion overview.

   
Knees have a "cap" or patella, a sessamoid bone shaped like a sessame seed. (Haarlem; anonymous).

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