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Sirloin steak was nothing but a slab of meat until an English king dubbed it Knight Sir Loin! The legend goes that the king went on a hunting trip in Epping Forest, as was his custom. He returned very late for dinner, literally starved. When he entered the dining room and saw on the table a huge loin of beef, steaming hot, he was so delighted that he exclaimed in the King's English, "By George, it shall have a title!" He drew his sword, raised it above the meat, and cried with mock dignity, "Loin, we dub thee knight-henceforth be Sir Loin." And ever since it has been sirloin.
"Roast by Any Name Would Smack as Good,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 14
, Article 4.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol14/iss7/4