Sunday, January 29

Why do we say “Achilles heel” to denote weakness (and how accurate it is anatomically)


  • Dalia Ventura
  • BBC News World

Achilles, the central character and greatest warrior in Homer's Iliad.

Image source, Getty Images

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Achilles, the central character and greatest warrior in Homer’s Iliad.

We all have an Achilles heel, literally and figuratively.

In fact, in the first case, we have two, which are also called Achilles tendons.

They are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect the calf muscles to the heel bone. When the calf muscles flex, the Achilles tendon pulls on the heel and that is the movement that allows us to stand on our toes when walking, running or jumping.

And they are lthe largest and strongest tendons in the body, which is curious because we use the expression “Achilles heel” to refer to the weak point of a person or thing.


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