Standing Akimbo


A special thank you to NC Coot of http://thenecessarycruelty.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/a-murder/ for my vocabulary word of the day — akimbo.

Being female, I should know this word innately, as I am genetically predisposed to standing akimbo. What woman do you know who doesn’t assume the position at least once a day? It is the customary pose when a woman supervises the activity of another, usually a member of her household, often male.

If one is unfamiliar with the stance God formed by His own hand when Eve was shaped from Adam’s rib, then Wikipedia will give one enlightenment — as it does on all matters of substance.

Akimbo is a human body position in which the hands are on the hips and the elbows are bowed outward, or bent or bowed in a more general sense[citation needed].

 In spanish, “arms akimbo” can be adequately translated as “brazos en jarra”, which means “arms like a jar”.

Just to prove my point about natural selection affecting my body stance, I will illustrate. In the midst of writing this, my two terriers wanted to go outside. I turned on the outdoor light and stood at the door, while the boys searched for spots in need of watering. I caught my reflection in the glass. Sure enough. I was standing akimbo.

How would the boys get the job outdoors done if I didn’t supervise them, using the stance passed down to me from my forebears? I am female. If I am supervising, I stand akimbo.

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