There’s a long history of military slang, probably dating all the way back to when the first people hit each other with sticks and rocks.
While military slang can be fun, it’s even more fun when it seeps into the common vernacular of everyday people.
The only problem is when a word or phrase is too good, its origin gets lost in time, and people forget where it came from — but no longer. Here are just a few words and phrases that came from military tradition.
1.) “Best man”
In the days of yore, it was quite possible that a betrothed man might lose his wife even before their wedding to any number of possible hazards — rival bands, enemy leaders, or even random highwaymen. So while he was in the middle of the ceremony, he would enlist his best swordsman to cover his back while his attention was focused elsewhere or hold off an attacking party while the new couple made their getaway.