You Son of a Gun!

BGOBGAI! Quickie:

gun              Sure, the modern application of the term for a female dog has replaced the “gun” part, but the origin of the phrase dates back to the Age of Sail (1700’s to early 1800’s). Often times sailors in port would become beholden to ladies they’ve been holdin’ and the woman in question would become pregnant. Many times the children of these Ports of Booty Calls would be born on board the vessel to which the sail was assigned. Often to hasten the actual labor, the would put the woman in a hammock strapped in between two cannons and actually fire the cannons to induce labor. So to call someone a “son of a gun” is to imply that the person is the son of a prostitute.

Oh, and they no longer practice that method of childbirth today as people tend to get a bit worried about live cannon fire in hospitals. Wimps!


Published by Alan Reese

Greetings blog wanderers and seekers of truth, or whatever truth appears to be from the mind of a warped individual. You have reached the inner sanctum of some guy named Alan. Having graduated college sometime shortly after the Earth cooled, he finds himself in his late 30's and working out in the real world. His humor is dry and his outlook not so serious and somehow has picked up the nasty habit of writing about himself in the third person. He is married with child and loves his family, sports and, of course, his beloved video games...likelihood of his growing up? Not good. Are you an established site or magazine looking for a writer? Drop me a line if you are interested.

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