I always used to mix up Limbo and purgatory. Well, okay, to be honest I still do. But now at least I know that "Limbo" is called that because the unbaptized souls had to bend over backwards as they tried to dance under--

You're not buying it, are you.

Okay. Actually the term derives from Medieval Latin "limbus," which derives from the Latin word for "border."

I'm uncertain, however, whether that word is at all related to Latin "limen," meaning "threshold" (hence "subliminal," et alia), or whether they just happen to share some sounds and related meanings.

One Response to “Limbo”

  1. John Schoffstall

    Interesting. The name for the point at which the cornea (the hard, clear material over the iris of the eye) meets the sclera (the white membrane that covers the rest of your eyeball) is called the ‘limbus’. Never knew where the word came from or that it was related to Limbo before.


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