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Thong

noun; semantic change via metaphor
A type of hammock or sling that is attached to the inside of a tent so that one can keep equipment suspend above him/her while he/she sleeps.
 
I first used this word two years ago while on a campout with my Boy Scout troop. Me and my friend found this hammock looking thing with three straps coming out from it and we decided to call it a thong because that’s what it resembled. The original meaning of thong (an article of swimwear) shifted its meaning to this tent part via metaphor. This word replaces trying to describe this apparatus every time we refer to it.
Etymology : Thong from Old English thwong, thwang
Source : The thong fell down at night and now all our clothes are everywhere! (conversation, July 2006)
Last modified: 1 December 2008


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