Here's something related to yesterday's word, what it means to be the best man
Nowadays, the best man serves primarily as the keeper of the ring and the arranger of the bachelor party. In the days of the knights [hey, that's funny "days of the knights
"], a wedding could be quite the dangerous affair. Weddings were often arranged much as business transactions, and the groom was not the bride's first choice. The rival to the groom would, if he were the gallant type, try to carry off the bride before or during the wedding. Most ceremonies took place under the cover of night to avoid such an event. The groom would choose a best man
who was a worthy warrior to defend him against any rivals that might discover and try to "crash" the wedding.
The best man, if he was smart, would enlist a group of ushers
who were expert lancers to join him. Apparently, many of the old feudal style churches would store lances with torch sockets behind the altar. The lances were used for defense and for light during a getaway. Only the bravest of the brave would volunteer to attend a groom at his wedding, and the best man
was the best among them. If he failed to fight down any rivals, the groom would lose his bride and perhaps his life.