Word for the Wise on "doughboy"

A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Wed Jun 23 19:45:38 UTC 1999

I was perusing the Word for the Wise text on the Merriam-Webster site
(http://www.m-w.com) when I came across the following:

    Another coinage from that year [1865] is more closely
    connected with World War I than the Civil War. It was
    doughboy, the term for an American infantryman.
    Supposedly, that word originated with globular buttons
    on soldiers' uniforms that resembled a type of small
    round donut known as a doughboy.

The text appears at:


Andrea Vine
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avine at eng.sun.com
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