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Mysteries of vernacular: Keister - Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel

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Originally meaning a woven container, the word keister has roots all over the place. The devil’s tool box? Sure. A safe? That too. So, how did it become associated with the buttochs? Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel get to the bottom of the word keister.

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Keister was the Random House word of the day back in 1997. Check out the article. Here's the entry in the Online Etymology Dictionary: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=keister There is a town in Virginia called Keister. Here's the anatomy of the rear quarters of a human being.
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Why did you choose the word keister ,and what was the context in which you used it? If you've never used it, invent a situation in which you could use it.
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