[Ads-l] Daisy cuter bombs

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 9 03:48:07 UTC 2016


A "daisy cutter" was a horse with a low gait (his feet could cut the daisies) - considered dangerous to ride - as early as the 1850s.  It was a sharply hit ground ball in baseball by the 1860s.  The term may have just been transferred at a later date to other things that were cut.

> Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 02:39:01 +0000
> From: berson at ATT.NET
> Subject: Daisy cuter bombs
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> Poster:       Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET>
> Subject:      Daisy cuter bombs
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> Tell me about daisy cutter bombs.
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> The context for "daisy wound" is GI's of WW II practically cut in half.=C2=
> =A0 Produced by a daisy cutter bomb?
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> Were such weapons used as early as WW II?=C2=A0 Against Americans?=C2=A0 Or=
>  might these wounds have been caused by friendly fire?
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> The book using "daisy wound" is not yet in the press (it is currently being=
>  indexed).=C2=A0 Might the author have picked up his use of "daisy" from to=
> day, not considering that it would not have been used at the time of WW II?
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> Any other thoughts?
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> Joel
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