I Swear by my Knee

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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Georgios Jakobides [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons