What's the etymology of the term Red Zone?


This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.

The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.

The basic sources of this work are Weekley's "An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English," Klein's "A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language," "Oxford English Dictionary" (second edition), "Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology," Holthausen's "Etymologisches ...

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I'm a fireman and we have a tendency to act like we know we are doing when, we are the only ones crazy enough to do anything. As a result, we adopt all kinds of terms, standards, methods that have no basis in fact or reality, they just work for us. The term mariner's knot is another of this type of adoption. When I train new firemen, i encourage them to understand what they are doing, not just regurgitate what is taught. As a result, I asked one of our new firemen where the term mariner's knot originated; knowing, full-well, that I could find it myself, if needed. Now I am embarrased (and I lost a round of lattes at Starbucks as a result) because I can't find the answer. I hope this method works, before one of these whippersnappers figures it out before...
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Key to the Past


The subject of etymology concerns the various meanings, both denotative and connotative, of words. This vitally important subject is well worth serious study. As we review the subject we would do well to bear in mind the wise counsel of alternative historian Conor MacDari:

The opening line of the Gospel of John reads "In the beginning was the word..." There is a certain humor here. Perhaps the author added the line with a sly wink because, after all, it is his word that begins the book, not God's. Indeed, all books open with words, just as most thoughts are sooner or later put into words, in one language or another.

Words are magical. They are the heart and soul of magic and science. The ancient Druids knew the power of words and of the wordsmith. Language was the means by which one adept passed on the details of the magical canon. When we remember the debt we owe to Homer,...

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Bellis perennis is a common European species of daisy, of the Asteraceae family, often considered the archetypal species of that name.

Many related plants also share the name "daisy", so to distinguish this species from other daisies it is sometimes qualified as common daisy, lawn daisy or English daisy. Historically, it has also been commonly known as bruisewort and occasionally woundwort (although the common name woundwort is now more closely associated with Stachys (woundworts)). Bellis perennis is native to western, central and northern Europe, but widely naturalised in most temperate regions including the Americas[2][3] and Australasia.


It is an herbaceous perennial plant with short creeping rhizomes and rosettes of small rounded or spoon-shaped leaves that are from 3/4 to 2 inches (approx. 2–5 cm) long and grow flat to the ground. The species habitually colonises lawns, and is difficult to eradicate by mowing - hence the term 'lawn...

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