"sling arms" (not in OED2) -- [1749], 1824

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Mon Apr 21 15:51:50 UTC 2014

On 4/19/14, 12:01 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> Date:    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:48:45 -0500
> From:    Dave Hause<dwhause at CABLEMO.NET>
> Subject: Re: "sling arms" (not in OED2) -- [1749], 1824
> But sometimes the sheath has a sling, although called a baldric.
> Dave Hause,dwhause at cablemo.net
> Waynesville, MO
Actually, it's the 2-strap suspensions from belts that are being called
slings, from what I've been seeing.
My expert isn't sure when "sling" started being applied to it. Usu. such
things were simply called "hangers", and then that term was applied to a
type of sword.

---Amy West

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