Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Today I feel like an advertisement for ibuprofin. I slept horribly and woke up with a kink in my neck. While I wait for a call from my chiropractor, I wondered about the origin of the idiom "kink in my neck."
Turns out it's derived from the Dutch word "kink" (twist, twirl), as in a rope, wire, or lock of hair - especially one causing obstruction. The expression was first used in the 17th century. Interesting, yes. But does my neck feel better? No.