Why Is A Black Eye Called A Shiner?


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The word shiner is used for the phenomenon of the black eye that happens when somebody receives a blow around the eyes. Probably, the reason behind the word being used as such is that shine is a word that describes the phenomenon in which something is very bright and is reflecting light. If something is very bright it certainly attracts attention of people and they start noticing it. The same thing happens with a black eye; when somebody gets a blow, people start noticing his face and the person becomes the object of sympathy or sometimes the object to mock about also. So he gets the shine in a wrong way and that prompted people to call a black eye with the name of shiner also.
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