Montagnards & 9 yards proposal

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Jan 16 18:53:27 UTC 2004

Douglas G. Wilson wrote: "This etymology has been proposed before." If this is
a claim about the etymology involving nine tribes of Montagnards, please
provide a citation.

The claim that "It would be 'all nine Montagnards'" does not persuade me. My
proposal involves nine groups, not nine individuals.

Compare, for example, Niccolo Machiavelli, The Art of War, Book 2, Ellis
Farneworth translation: "...the whole ten Companies, therefore, come to three
thousand shield bearers, a thousand ordinary pikebearers [etc.]...."

Stephen Goranson

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