Etymology No. 2

  m800afc 21:07 08 Jul 2008
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Thanks to the contributions from many forum members I now understand "Lootenant and Leftenant"
Next question: Why has the word "maiden" come to mean "First", as in maiden voyage and maiden speech?
Also, why is the word "maiden" used to denote no runs scored in an over in cricket?

  tasslehoff burrfoot 21:20 08 Jul 2008

I've always assumed it meant virginal in the first two contexts.

Be interested to see the real reason :)

  wiz-king 21:28 08 Jul 2008

I suppose it is referring to the virginity, as a maiden should be a virgin, unsullied, not used. In cricket if you don't score the the over is still virginal (waiting for runs).

  DieSse 23:38 08 Jul 2008
  Forum Editor 23:38 08 Jul 2008

the use of the word in a figurative sense denotes 'first' or 'fresh', for obvious reasons. Virgins and maidens are the same - technically females who have not experienced sexual intercourse.

You'll find castles being referred to as 'maiden' when they have never been taken in battle.

  Quickbeam 00:21 09 Jul 2008

a maiden that didn't score:)

  Mr Mistoffelees 07:20 09 Jul 2008

"Cricket Maiden...

a maiden that didn't score:)"

Perhaps the maiden should try the local rugby club?

  Weskit 11:38 09 Jul 2008

As in Maiden Castle near Dorchester?

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