The age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe.

The note on Genius says that galls his kibe is scraping his heel blister. It’s a very visceral way to say this. Where I’m from, we call this giving someone a flat tire. But irritating someone’s heel blister is so much more wretched. Also – is “kibe” truly the word for heel blister? Was this such an epidemic that there was a specific word for it? Were the shoes so bad? The heels so chafing? Was a kibe a permanent fixture of a foot?
Things to be grateful for in the modern age. #1023


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