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Why do men wear buttons on their coat sleeves?

Some buttons now used as ornaments once served a useful purpose.  The buttons on men’s coat sleeves were once used to fasten the cuffs back over the long lace frills that decorated shirt sleeves. The word “button” comes from an old French word which means “to push out.” This is exactly what the button does.  …

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