medievalist at W-STS.COM
Tue Aug 23 13:23:27 UTC 2005
C'mon...with the mention of the term in another quote " It
usu.referred to support personnel holding soft rear-area jobs, like
clerk-typist," referring to a posterior position, it's obviously from
the Irish word "pogue" meaning "arse". :-) Cf. "poque mahone", The
>Andrew Reeves Sep 27 1999, 3:00 am
>Subject: Re: Entymology of "Pogue"
>>What is a pogue?
>"Pogue," is, in U.S. military parlance, a derogatory term used to indicate
>one who is not directly involved in war-fighting, i.e., one who works in
>the company office ("office pogue"), or is simply in a Military
>Occupational Specialty other than infantry and/or combat arms. For
>example, an infantryman wishing to insult a mechanic, bulk fuel
>specialist, etc. would call him a "pogue." It may have, at one time, been
>used simply as a general insult, though by the mid-90's it had taken on
>this particular meaning.
>I have heard two explanations for the derivation of this word:
>1) Derived from a Tagalog word for "prostitute," which also led to the
>term "poagie bait," which refers to candy bars, soda, ice cream, etc.
>2) Derived from the acronym POG (Person Other than Grunt).
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