Word of the Day: Eunuch

A eunuch (pronounced /ˈjuːnək/) (Greek: “Ευνούχος”) is a castrated man, usually one castrated early enough to have major hormonal consequences. The term usually refers to those castrated (without their consent) in order to perform a specific social function, as was historically common in many societies. The earliest records for intentional castration to produce eunuchs are from the Sumerian city of Lagash in the 21st century BC.[1][2] Over the millennia since, they have performed a wide variety of functions in many different cultures such as: courtiers or equivalent domestics, treble singers, religious specialists, government officials, military commanders, and guardians of women or harem servants. In some translations of ancient texts, individuals identified as eunuchs sometimes historically included men who were impotent with women, as well as those who were celibate.

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Came upon this word while looking at a shared picture on FB: Sex Explained By Pens. It’s not really that interesting, nor new, but the word caught my attention. The image of a single blue pballpen doesn’t explain what it is, so of course I had to wiki it.

Makes me wonder… could this be the root of the word ‘unique‘? @_@

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