We’re all familiar with the word stamina, meaning “strength to resist, endurance.” But did you know that it comes from the Latin word for “threads”?
The Latin, in turn, is from the Greek stemon…a thread. Specifically, the thread that the three Fates spun, measured out, and snipped for each human life. If someone had a long life–exhibiting fortitude and endurance and resistance to the bad things that could end said life early–they were thought to have long “threads of life.” Much stamina.
And just as a bonus–if you haven’t brushed up on your Greek mythology lately, LOL, the three fates are Clotho (the one who spun the threads), Lachesis (the one who measured it out), and Atropos (the one who cuts it).

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