Wednesday Words & Phrases: Escape



Escape, to elude danger. A dashing term that exhibits a sense of adventure on its own.

Back in the good ol’ days, swords were used to settle arguments and capes were more than a dashing fashion accessory. Fighting was done without much sense of honor. Biting, backstabbing, all sorts of dirty fighting was the method of the day. Even grabbing a hold of your opponents cape and tugging, causing them to fall off-balance and thus making an easy target was almost acceptable.

The only counter to that low down move was to slip out of your cape leaving your opponent empty-handed. ¬†The term “escape” comes from the Italian scappare¬†(ex cappa, “out of cape”) and eventually became “escape”. Which actually if you say it right kind of makes sense.

With that in mind, I think we should bring back capes as part of everyday wear, but I may be alone in that.