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1.
the limb
(mostly used in plural for "limbs")
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2.
the penis
(neutral sounding, you can find it in biological texts as well as soft erotica, dirty talk factor: low)
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a link
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The Meaning of "erledigen"

A fun look at the meaning of "erledigen", how to say "Never mind!" and what all that has to do with body parts, memberships and a certain Goethe.

Vocab:

erledigen, das Glied, das Mitglied, gliedern, die Gliederung, ledig, lediglich


Word Family

Root: *el(e)-

The core idea of this root was:

bent, bendable

With the ge-prefix it became Glied, the German word for limb/body part with the core idea of “what bends”.
The sense of ledig (unbound) comes from the notion of being flexible.

In English, the word limb is the only offspring I could find mentioned in etymological sources.

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