The word sartorial (meaning "pertaining to tailoring") was borrowed into the English language in 1823, likely from the Late Latin word sartor, meaning "tailor". That traces to the verb sarcire, meaning "patch" or "mend", and sarcire is from the Proto-Indo-European root serk, "to make whole". Serk is also the source of the Latin word for "package", sarcina, and the English noun sark, which describes a type of linen or cotton garment. The sartorius muscle in the leg is apparently named because it's used to cross the legs to sit like a tailor would, whatever that means. After being popularized in the early half of the twentieth century, the word sartorial is currently experiencing higher usage than ever before, although, according to Google Trends, searches for it peaked in 2014.
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