Like three turns, choctaws, and mohawks, brackets gets its name because it looks like something. In fact it looks like a typography bracket.
In his book he used the term 'bracket' to describe the supports in the interior of a ship.
However, where did the the word 'bracket' come from? It is an anglicization of the French word 'Braguette'. Braguette is a French word for a piece of armor that was thought by the English to resemble the Bracket. In French, the 'braguette' is the opening in the front of the armor (the fly) where the plates part to give the knight flexibility of the hips as he fights. However the English used the work 'braguette' to name the metal cover that protects the anatomy of the person wearing the armor.
Yes, a 'braguette' is a codpiece.
The French being terribly sensible, do not use the term 'braguette' in skating. They use the term 'accolade' from architecture.
|Voila! Le accolade!|
I appreciate the information I got from 'The Inky Fool," by Mark Forsyth regarding codpieces. His books are available on Amazon. "Etymologicon" and "The Elements of Eloquence." I have both.