Piano Legs

The Japanese have a disparaging expression “daikon-ashi,” that refers to a woman’s legs (ashi) as resembling a daikon, which is a long, lumpy, white radish with almost no shape other than a taper at the end and maybe a few hairs here and there.  Political correctness aside, the expression is funny once you see a daikon.

We also have a similar expression, “piano-legs,” and to be fair, I will point out that men’s legs are funny on their own and any joke about them would be redundant.  I never understood the term because no piano I ever saw had legs anywhere near resembling anything on a woman.  Until now.

This is an antique square grand piano from the mid-1800s on display at Longwood Gardens, and is no doubt the source of the expression.  These are real piano legs, Honey.



About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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