|A baby orangutan - another great swinger|
(photo by Patrizia Soliani)
Verb intrans. Mid-19th century.
[Back-formation, from next.]
Move as a brachiator does.
Noun. Mid-19th century.
[from Latin brachium arm + -ATOR.]
ZOOLOGY. An ape which moves by using the arms to swing from branch to branch.
Who doesn't remember spending endless hours on the monkey bars at school? Well I don't for one. Swinging from anything - and certainly brachiating - was always far beyond my physical ability (as was climbing up a rope). In fact, I am spectacularly bad at climbing, so I can only look on in bemused awe at the likes of free runners, Jackie Chan and, of course, brachiating apes. When it comes to brachiation, however, even the best of humans pale into embarrassed silence when compared to the King of the Swingers - the gibbon.
|A white-handed gibbon|
(photo by Thomas Tolkien)
|"The bonobos do whaaaaaaa?"|
(photo by Andrew West)
Can you brachiate?
Have you ever seen a gibbon (or any other brachiating ape) doin' its thang?
Were you planning on making a swinging joke at the end of this post?
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