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Did you know sirloin was literally a knighted steak?

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MrsCarrot Tue 26-Jun-07 21:15:58

We had steak and chips for dinner and I reckon DH might be having me on, but he swears there was a king once who loved the cut of loin so much he knighted it?

Lizzylou Tue 26-Jun-07 21:17:25

It was Henry 8th, He knighted the steak (loin cut) hence Sir Loin.

Hulababy Tue 26-Jun-07 21:19:27

Here. Although historians are unsure if it is true, and if so which king it was.

Lizzylou Tue 26-Jun-07 21:20:24

Aah, always thought it was Henry XIII, thanks Hula!

MrsCarrot Tue 26-Jun-07 21:21:48

bugger, he looked so smugly sure of himself I was hoping he was wrong, should have known I suppose, he's always full of useless facts

SenoraPostrophe Tue 26-Jun-07 21:22:21

the more likely explanation is that it's a corruption of sur - i.e. french for "above".

MrsCarrot Tue 26-Jun-07 21:24:51

<ears prick up>

really, you mean he could be wrong? Not that it's got competitive or anything...

SenoraPostrophe Tue 26-Jun-07 21:29:24

he's almost definitely wrong. someone told me this once and I looked it up. I'd check for you now but my big dictionary is packed

Malaleche Tue 26-Jun-07 21:31:08

Helo senora - was just imagining you packing today

MrsCarrot Tue 26-Jun-07 21:32:37

Why thank you, Senora, you have made my evening! Good luck with your packing.

HuwEdwards Tue 26-Jun-07 21:32:50

I did.

SenoraPostrophe Tue 26-Jun-07 21:33:04

dh is packing. I'm trying to get the accounts into a state I can leave them for a month. this is the second time I have wished he hadn't packed the dictionary though.

SenoraPostrophe Tue 26-Jun-07 21:38:10

Oh look I don't have to look it up because someone at wikipedia has done it for me

MrsCarrot Tue 26-Jun-07 21:40:54


Lizzylou Tue 26-Jun-07 21:47:30

Well, that's something I learnt today! I was told it was Henry 8th at school.
Have you told DH yet?

MrsCarrot Tue 26-Jun-07 21:53:43

Yes he's ouside having a whiskey with a friend and they're laughing at the 'hilarity' of me asking MNET to prove him wrong,

there's some discussion of whether Sur is on or above in French, whether it can be on the loin etc but I'm not listening now!

Botbot Tue 26-Jun-07 21:55:20

Can I be a big fat party pooper and direct you to this?

SenoraPostrophe Tue 26-Jun-07 22:06:18

yah, he just doesn't like being wrong, MrsC

MrsCarrot Tue 26-Jun-07 22:11:08

Indeed, and as he is hardly ever wrong it is particularly satisfying

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