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The phrase "kamarband" (کمربند) is directly from the Persian compound kamar (waist) + band (band). Hindi Bandh is a cognate of its Persian counterpart, but the Hindi word was not inserted into the phrase. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bagrationi (talkcontribs) 20:33, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

I reverted a change that (without sources) changed from the above to saying that cummerbund came from "cucumber band" and had something to do with showing off vegetables. Didn't really sound trustworthy. �Swooch (talk) 08:47, 24 July 2013 (UTC)


What was the original purpose of the cummerbund?


I'm going to remove "cumberbund" as a mis-spelling. It doesn't appear in my paper Collins dictionary, the Dictionary application in OS X, or any of the sources used by It also doesn't seem to fit with the etymology given in the article, has a fraction of the hits on google (though as a common misspelling still has quite a few) and (least authoritative source :-) ) has always seemed wrong to me. PeteVerdon 00:18, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I can't believe I'm responding to a 7 year old comment, but it really is in Collins too. See: MrChupon (talk) 00:27, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

The following spelling variations are offered by OED:

combar-, commer-, cumber-, cummerband, cummer-, kummerbund.

Just because it is offered as an incorrect variation does NOT mean it should be included. See also: preventative, supposably. These are not actual words, but are listed as incorrect variations because so many people use them. Stupidity is taking over certain things, it should not prevail when it comes to the dictionary. (talk) 21:58, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

I do find it rather odd that a mis-spelling should be listed against the article. Pretty much any word on Wikipedia could be described as "sometimes mistakenly spelled...". If it's that prevalent a mistake there ought to be a decent citation to support that contention. (talk) 12:36, 21 September 2011 (UTC)


I don't see any reason to have both articles. Merge supported.

I'm in favour as well.

Me too. It is annoying to find that people who are ignorant or misled have their mistakes legitimised by virtue of their ability to access the web. They should learn to spell first and stop guessing.


Can anyone explain the uncited single-sentence paragraph "This has gone out of fashion in the past few decades as the Colonies have moved away from their Imperial roots"? And why is "Flusser" notable enough to be included here without any introduction, first name or note of relevance?

Modern Western Reasons...[edit]

I've seen former classmates of mine wearing cummerbands that are much boarder and thicker...and ha, it's now wore to hide the beer budge. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:25, 11 November 2008 (UTC)