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Why the word “handicap” came from the medieval English game

Why the word “handicap” came from the medieval English game

It is associated with the origin of the word “handicap”, which has absolutely nothing to do with the usage we use today. It evokes a disability, a disability, whereas in the 16th century, it refers to entertainment.

“Handicap” actually comes from “hand in cap”, The most popular trading game Middle Ages In the UK. The rule is simple: the players decided to exchange two items in exchange. A referee checked to see if they were equal, and if this was not the case the player was asked whose material was considered cheap. Put on a hat An amount to be achieved An equivalent value.

It was a way out Its price makes up for the shortfall, “hand in cap” means “hand in the hat” in English. Of course, both players put one hand on the cap to seal the deal. If both pull the open hand, the contract is sealed. If one of the two takes it out, The deal fell through.

But the thing we know at the moment is, we owe it to ourselves Horse racing Always inside England, but this time in the 18th century. The term “handicap” was, in fact, coined by the organizers. To Level the pitch In a race, they decided on the weight to be placed on the favorite horses to allow the weaker snakes to win. By extension, We retrieved this word from us to refer to someone who is weak or suffering from a disability. I say goodbye at home, because in English “Handicap” does not mean Handicap but: “Disability”.

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