Brain Post: The Origins of the Word “Rookie” | From the Civil War

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Civil war "rookie"
Civil war “rookie”

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One should always be weary when determining the origins of a word.  In general, we just don’t have a finite understanding of many word origins.  Even the “word” OK’s origins are hotly debated.  But, we thought we’d get into some etymology tonight for the first time in our “brain posts”.

Civil War Recruiting Poster
Civil War Recruiting Poster

ROOKIE ETYMOLOGY:

The word Rookie originally comes from the American Civil War.  In the Civil War new recruits were called “reckies”, which was short for recruit.  The word eventually evolved into “Rookie”.

Kinda cool, huh?


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