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GERONIMO

Postby Dr. Goodword » Mon May 07, 2012 11:00 pm

• Geronimo •

Pronunciation: jê-rah-nê-mo • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Proper Noun, Interjection

Meaning: The name of an Apache rebel actually used most often as an interjection of exultation, uttered on the brink of a great leap or other courageous or life-threatening act.

Notes: Because today's word began as a proper noun borrowed from Spanish (see Word History), it has no derivational family in English. As an exclamation it is used alone before a sentence explaining the jump it salutes or before a jump itself.

In Play: Today's word is most closely associated with making a perilous jump, "The members of the Penguin Club approached the ice hole in their swim suits, yelled, 'Geronimo!' and jumped into the icy water." It is applicable to any momentous plunge, however, "Marley said 'Geronimo!' and signed the papers acquiring the little-known company, hoping it was the right decision."

Word History: Gerónimo is the Spanish form of the name Jerome, from the Greek, hieronomos "sacred name" (compare hieroglyphics "sacred writing"). It was given to the Chiricahua Apache leader, Goyathlay "he who yawns, yawner" (1829-1909) by European settlers along the US frontier. Goyathlay led a series of raids against Mexican and American settlements in the Southwest in protest of US policy forcing Native Americans onto reservations. Geronimo's name was adopted at the paratrooper school of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina around 1940 as an expression of their emotion upon leaping from a plane. Geronimo was probably chosen in homage to a scene in a movie depicting the Apache leader making a daring leap to escape pursuit of the US cavalry.
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Postby Philip Hudson » Mon May 07, 2012 11:52 pm

I saw an account of the Killing of Osama bin Laden on TV. The code name for bin-Laden was Geronimo. The Apache Geronimo was a heroic figure in American History. It's to bad he got associated with bin Laden.
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Postby mikespeir » Tue May 08, 2012 5:23 am

Goyathlay, huh? I didn't know that. Sadly, I'll probably forget. :(
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue May 08, 2012 12:18 pm

Philip Hudson wrote:I saw an account of the Killing of Osama bin Laden on TV. The code name for bin-Laden was Geronimo. The Apache Geronimo was a heroic figure in American History. It's to bad he got associated with bin Laden.



I could not agree more!
To associate this gentleman hero with that butcher
is a direct slam to those of us with Native American
and Indian blood.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Tue May 08, 2012 12:18 pm

mikespeir wrote:Goyathlay, huh? I didn't know that. Sadly, I'll probably forget. :(



But whenever you see the name, you can always come
back here and look up Geronimo to find it again.
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