Monday, May 21, 2012

Your God Wears Combat Boots - 2

On this date in 2009, Dredd Blog noticed how words all tend to change in meaning over time.

Some things change fast, some things not so fast, but reflecting on thoughts a few years old can give a clue or perspective into whether something has changed or not.

Here is the text of that 2009 post for you own perusal:

It is interesting how words and phrases change meaning as empires and nations change who and what they are!

I once heard the saying "Your mother wears combat boots" as a child, and wondered what it really meant.

I detected that it could be derogatory but was not sure.

One source zeros in on the origin as:
Armys in the field used to have "camp followers" who were , in essence, prostitutes for the soldiers. The first thing they would bargain for was a good pair of boots because following an army involves walking through a lot of muck, as you can imagine!

So the insult evolved among soldiers and is like saying "You son of a whore!"
(AskVille; see also A Dictionary of Catch Phrases, Second Edition, by Eric Partridge & Paul Beale). Ouch! It was derogatory. Many sources come to the same conclusion that it originated about WW I, and was derogatory.

War was considered to be America's greatest enemy by great patriots of old, and thus the derogatory link.

To apply the saying to a deity would simply be another way of saying "My god is better than your god".

The Bush II regime, with Donald Rumsfeld at the Department of Defense, felt that its god wore combat boots and was better than the god of Muslims in Iraq.

Official memos quoted Bible verses in a cafeteria fashion designed to denigrate the Iraqi Muslims and celebrate and exalt Bush II's god, which is standard fare in the "My god is better than your god" world of things.

It was the same ideology, different direction, when hate filled individuals tried to blow up a Jewish worship building but were arrested.

They were in effect saying "my god is better than your god" so we are blowing up your worship building.

The nation has undergone change from a peace loving nation to one run by a hidden-in-plain-sight group of warmongers. It is interesting to see that the change to the meanings of words reflects national change in a dangerous direction.

Which makes reading the book  "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases", Second Edition, by Eric Partridge & Paul Beale, a bit like reading history from another vantage point.

No comments:

Post a Comment