Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Word of the day: bushwhacker

The word of the day is bushwhacker:

  1. a person or thing that bushwhacks.
  2. (in the American Civil War) a guerrilla, especially a Confederate.
  3. any guerrilla or outlaw.
  4. Australian Slang. an unsophisticated person; hick.
1809, Amer.Eng., lit. "one who beats the bushes" (to make his way through), perhaps modeled on Du. bosch-wachter "forest keeper." In American Civil War, "irregular who took to the woods" (1862), variously regarded as patriot guerillas or as freebooters. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bushwhacker)

"But Zapata and the other chiefs knew that their ill-armed and untried men could not fight pitched battles yet, at Cuautla or any other place, as guerreros (warriors) or guerrilleros (bushwhackers)."

 - John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

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