[Ads-l] antedating Geronimo

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 10 16:06:22 EDT 2016

OED has 30 Nov 1942

HDAS has July 1941

Bridgewater NJ _Courier-News_ 29 Apr 1941 p 12 col 5
[AP article]
"The battlecry of the Army's new 501st Parachute Battalion is "Geronimo," a word that puzzled many until it was explained.

On the day of the first jump, Aubrey Eberhardt, a jumper, and Leo Brown, of the ground crew, arranged to test Eberhardt's nerve.

He was to shout a certain word if unafraid.  It was assumed he'd forget it if he were scared.

That's right, his yell of "Geronimo" made it the battalion's battlecry."

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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