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Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:17 pm
by call_copse
Related to barbers or hairdressing, or just one's haircut in general.

Where did this come from then?

Re: Tonsorial

Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:57 pm
by Perry Lassiter
OEtynD- tonsorial (adj.)
"pertaining to barbers," 1765, from -al (1) + Latin tonsorius "of or pertaining to shearing or shaving," from tonsor "a shaver, barber, shearer, clipper," from tonsus, past participle of tondere "to shear, shave" (see tonsure). Generally used in an attempt at humor. Tonsorious in the same sense is attested from 1650s.

Note the monks tonsure also related, but tonsil isn't.

c.1600, from Latin tonsillae, tosillae (plural) "tonsils," diminutive of toles "goiter," which is perhaps of Gaulish origin. Related: Tonsils.