Loafers.

What came first? The Loafer or the loafer? Because one who loafs, is by default, a loafer. And the shoe by the name of loafer was for the most part, built for loafing. But what does it mean to loaf? Is it the act of wearing loafers? Or do the Loafers get their name from their footwear? According to my dashboard dictionary, the noun loafer means:

1. A person who idles time away.

2. TRADEMARK a leather shoe shaped like a moccasin, with a low flat heel.

ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: Perhaps from German landlaufer ‘tramp,’ from Land ‘land’ + Laufen (dialect lofen) ‘to run’

Case in point, its unknown. They first list it as an idle person, second as the shoe, and third they throw in that its origin is to run. Do Loafers really run? No, not unless they are being chased, and even then they are no longer loafers because they have taken them off in order to run, thus taking the loafer, person and shoe, out of the equation. Making the word meaningless, given the former loafer is running. So by the transitive property of Duke Ellington, one who loafs is no longer a loafer given he is wearing loafers.

By that logic, anyone not wearing loafers has the potential to be a loafer given he is potentially loafing. Meaning a loafer, the shoe, has no effect on the person sporting them, given they are not loafing. And a Loafer, the person, can loaf no matter what kind of shoe he keeps on his feet. Making wearing loafers for the sake of loafing pointless.

I rest my case.

By: Sal Aresco

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