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Old Jun 24, '07, 3:56 am
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Default Origins of the word vimp

Most of the names of the sacred vestments and liturgical accessories derive from Latin. I have never been able to find the origins of the word vimp. The word is used to describe the abbreviated humeral veil used by a bishop's attendants when they take care of his mitre and crozier. It is also used to describe the attendants themselves.
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Default Re: Origins of the word vimp

It took a little searching, but I found it online at http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vimpa and http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=wimple . It's related to the word "wimple" (a nun's head covering).
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Many thanks. Now when the bishop's attendant asks me why it's called a vimp, I'll have an answer for him.
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Normally it is referred to as a vimpa.
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Old Jun 24, '07, 7:42 am
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Default Re: Origins of the word vimp

In the churches in the Southwark (UK) Diocese, we've always called both the garment and the wearer a vimp. That's also what it's called in the (British) liturgical supplies catalogue. It may well just be a localised attempt to anglicise the Latin. Perhaps it's vimp for the mitre-bearer and vimpa for the miter-bearer!
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