Friday, May 29, 2015

No Baboons Here

Have you seen this picture?
Do you believe this picture?

Please don't.

Even though Congress may act like baboons, they are not.
You may be insulting the baboon.

Checking into various sources, I have learned that a group of baboons are known as a troop.

We have troops of baboons running around the savanna.

Baboons are some of the world's largest monkeys.

Following the logic set forth in this lovely meme, you could be calling our soldiers baboons.

And really, for all we know, whoever decided to call our soldiers troops may have known this.
It may have started out as a slang term used only in the military.
But, like most slang, it eventually becomes mainstream.

However, in other countries, soldiers are called troopers.
Maybe the good ole USA just decided to shorten the word.

I really don't know.

All I could find was that journalists just started using the word troops because it was shorter than writing soldiers.

It doesn't really matter when it started.
Just know that baboons and Congress do not belong together.
In the dictionary sense, anyway.

21 comments:

  1. Well, I don’t know much about the intelligence of the baboon. I’m not so sure that intellect plays a part in the decisions our Congress makes or actually doesn’t make.
    I wonder if power, ego, and money influence a baboon in any way.

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    1. lyndagrace, I am pretty sure you are right about the intellect and Congress. I know the baboons have a hierarchy in the troop. That might be all about the insects though. :)

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  2. Maybe Drs. first started it for troops that got travelers diarrhea. The troops have the poops. Very clinical sounding, right?

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    1. Pat, hmmmm... maybe that is also where the word poop deck came from.

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    2. You guys crack me up! I'm amazed at how words can be so easily manipulated to serve the purpose of tickling my funny bone! Thanks!

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  3. This was interesting to read. At first I believed you about baboons and congress; now I got to get that image out of my head and replace it with troops.

    betty

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    1. Betty, I really don't know why people make this kind of stuff. Are they finding pleasure in getting others to believe it or do they believe it?

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  4. Wait, wait, it's on the internet, so it must be true.

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    1. Al, I am so sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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    2. I'm with Al - if it's on the internet it IS true! Please don't tell me I've been believing all this stuff and it's NOT true. God, what a let down! LMAO

      I'm going to have to rethink this whole humanity business - I'm ready to sign up for that one way shuttle to Mars! Might finally get to meet my relatives. Could be where that troop of baboons comes from… just sayin'!

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    3. Jenny, some people think so. I swear, they will pass on every email or share every meme. Stop it, People. Just stop it.
      There are theories about where we com from and one is that we came from a planet that had become inhabitable, like Mars.

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    4. So, that French model saying "Bonjour" was just jive?
      Crap.

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    5. By looking at him, you'd think so. But, no.

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  5. Ruth - I loved this post - cracked me! You've got the best dry sense of humour of anybody I know! I laughed all the way through. Thanks, today I needed a good laugh! xo

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    1. Thanks, Jenny. I am glad I could give you a laugh.

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  6. This was funny:) i have a friend who lived in South Africa for 3 yrs and didn't care for the baboons since they could gang up up you...hmmmm. congress....baboons. I can see it

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    1. Birgit, I can see it too. Many times I feel like we are being ganged up on by the government. Cause they know best, ya know.

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  7. Interesting---I didn't know that a group of baboons was called a "troop." I'm thinking we need to change what we call our soldiers...

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    1. Mama, I am pretty sure that would confuse the masses.

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  8. Since it's on the Internet and it's not true, I'm surprised my aunt hasn't forwarded this to me in a chain e-mail already. You know, right next to those e-mails that say Mr. Rogers was actually a decorated sniper with 200 confirmed kills or something stupid like that.

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    1. ABFTS, You mean Mr. Rogers wasn't a badass? I am crushed.

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