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POLL: Favorite Slang Term for Weapons (Pre-19th Century)


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Dn Jackson writes:

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The four six pounders used by VMI before the Civil War. I believe the Rockbridge Artillery used them once the war started.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Rosalie
2
1%
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other (explain)
3
2%
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Sweet Lips
3
2%
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Mons Meg
10
6%
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Emperor's Daughters
21
13%
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old wrist breaker
6
4%
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Queen's Pocket Pistols
2
1%
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Bundook
4
2%
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no opinion
23
14%
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Mare's leg
2
1%
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Brown Bess
41
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Gog and Magog
8
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Thumb buster
5
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Tennessee Toothpick
35
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POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP remarks:

Soldiers are often infinitely inventive in devising slang terms for their weapons. We all know the famous 'Brown Bess' for the musket carried by the British for nearly 100 years.

I was tickled (!) to note the French C19th nickname for their bayonet: specifically the French Model 1886 Lebel Bayonet (aka "Rosalie").

So: start with "Rosalie" ("giving Rosalie her breakfast" for an early morning attack)...

I would stipulate C19th or earlier.

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this previous poll.