This word weds the filthy with the innocent. Since when has so much illicitness been paired off with such wholesome, well-washed stuff?
Loins love company and thus ‘loin’ is usually pluralized, as in “the fruit of his loins.” I had a great time looking it up: “The front part of the hindquarters.” Oh.
We lose our puritan shame about ‘loins’ when it comes to sirloin and tenderloin.
Cloth on the other hand was squeaky clean. Until this word happened.