[Ads-l] soldier

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 17 09:53:40 EST 2019


Gibson's _Road Warrior_ presumably gave rise to the current sense "person
who is frequently involved with something, esp. something challenging or
inconvenient' :

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JL

On Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 2:11 AM Dave Hause <dwhause at cablemo.net> wrote:

> I made fun of this idea for most of my  Army career, pointing out that
> when
> "warriors", who classically fought for loot or personal honor, only under
> a
> leader they personally respected, and usually only as long as they felt
> sure
> they were winning, fought trained soldiers, the "warriors" were mostly
> slaughtered.
> Dave Hause
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jonathan Lighter
> Sent: Monday, November 11, 2019 3:01 PM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: soldier
>
> The term preferred by the military these days seems to be "warrior." Faute
> de mieux.
>
> Some may recall (from ca1960) TV commercials for the Army Reserve and/or
> National Guard urging you to "Be a Weekend Warrior!"
>
> The phrase has extended its meaning in later years.
>
> Anyway, that's the earliest ex. I've encountered of American service
> personnel being called "warriors."
>
>
> JL
>
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