Word for the Wise on "doughboy"
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  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:
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Romanes eunt domus.
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