"sirloin"/"baron of beef"(Word Origins)
"Sirloin" comes from Old French _surlonge_, from _sur_ "above" and _loigne_ "loin". Its current spelling may have been influenced by a story that a King of England (variously said to be Henry VIII, James I, and Charles II) "knighted" this cut of beef because of its superiority. A "baron of beef" is a joint consisting of two sirloins left uncut at the backbone. This "baron" may have originated as a joke on "sirloin", or it may be an independent word.
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