Red Jock Strap

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The word  ‘jockstrap’ has purportedly been in use since 1897, a likely contraction of ‘jockey strap’, the garment was first designed for bicycle riders, or ‘bike jockeys’. The Bike Jockey Strap was the first jockstrap manufactured in America in 1874.
‘Jockey’ is the diminutive form of the Scottish nickname ‘Jock’ (for John) as ‘Jackie’ is for the English nickname ‘Jack’. The nicknames Jack and Jackie (Jock and Jockey) have been used generically for ‘man, fellow, boy, and common man’.
The most recent slang term “jock’, meaning an athlete, is traced to 1959 and is itself derived from the word “jockstrap”.

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