Mens



[menz] /mɛnz/

noun, plural men’s.
1.
a range of sizes in even and odd numbers for garments made for .
2.
a garment in this size range.
3.
the department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
[mens sah-nah in kohr-poh-re sah-noh; English menz sey-nuh in kawr-puh-ree sey-noh] /mɛns ˈsɑ nɑ ɪn ˈkoʊr poʊˌrɛ ˈsɑ noʊ; English mɛnz ˈseɪ nə ɪn ˈkɔr pəˌri ˈseɪ noʊ/
Latin.
1.
a sound mind in a sound body.

c.1600, Latin, literally “a sound mind in a sound body,” a line found in Juvenal, “Satires,” x.356.

Mens sana in corpore sano is a contradiction in terms, the fantasy of a Mr. Have-your-cake-and-eat-it. No sane man can afford to dispense with debilitating pleasures; no ascetic can be considered reliably sane. Hitler was the archetype of the abstemious man. When the other krauts saw him drink water in the Beer Hall they should have known he was not to be trusted. [A.J. Liebling, “Between Meals,” 1962]

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