First coming into use in the 1590s, the word “genuine” means authentic or sincere. Some etymologists hypothesize the word comes from the Latin “genu,” meaning knee.
While this may seem a bit odd, the backstory lends clarity. The meaning supposedly derives from an ancient custom of a father placing his child on his knee to acknowledge the child and proclaim the child’s legitimacy to the world.
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