When thinking of a name for what I do Feisty Fitness exploded into my consciousness and after much playing and exploration with other ideas, this one, well it just seemed right. However, it was not until a gorgeously, hilly Cotswold walk with an etymological book in hand that I learnt the true meaning of feisty.... And it's not quite what you would expect. Luckily as I don't think many people like to unearth the origins of words as if they were on some archeological dig, I could have kept this secret safe, but, honestly it's far too amusing not to share!
So, on the surface, or more accurately according to the Oxford English Dictionary the most common meaning is "Of a person, typically one who is relatively small, lively, determined." Now, this seemed a pretty apt label for me and my exercise style, and coupled with the aesthetically pleasing alliteration of Feisty Fitness, this seemed a winner of a combo. Yet, if we delve a little deeper, which the English Literature side of me adores, it is a late nineteenth century word from feist, which meant small dog, fisting cur or hound. This was used as a derogatory term for lapdog, from the Middle English fist, a verb which means to break wind. So if we go to its Norse origin, fist originally spelt fyst was all to do with farting.
This amused me further as exercise too, is commonly associated in those humorous birthday cards with ladies embarking in their floor exercises with gusto and sometimes breaking wind. So, whilst I never once contemplated when blogging that I would be talking about something as crude as farting, it would appear it was always there in the name, call it fate, call it fart, call it feisty, whatever it is, it was inevitable.
But let's stick with the Lively, determined connotations shall we!