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Origin of 'Tyro?'

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Erik, Dec 25, 2002.

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  1. Erik

    Erik Member

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    OK, I know what it means, but not where it hails from.

    Anyone?
     
  2. Jorah

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    Good old M-W.com

     
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    Jorah beat me to it. The American Heritage Dictionary gave the same definition.
     
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    You're all wrong... comes from the early days of sail (over 4,000 years ago, if I remember correctly). The sailors didn't speak really well at that stage, language having not yet been perfected. The term "tyro" was invented as shorthand for "tie the rope", and the corresponding term "untyro" was invented to say "untie the rope". "Tyro" grew into a legendary term as captains were heard screaming at their crew, as they slowly drifted away from the dock to which they had just come alongside, "Tyro! Tyro! Tyro! TYRO, YOU BLITHERING @#$%&*!" :D :D :D
     
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    Preacherman, thanks for explaining that. I guess experience does beat book learning.:D
     
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