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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
PRONUNCIATION:(BAY-uh-nit, -net, bay-uh-NET)
MEANING:noun: A blade attached to the muzzle of a gun, used in close combat.
verb: To fight or kill with bayonet.
ETYMOLOGY:After Bayonne, a town in southwest France, where the weapon originated or was first used in early 17th century. You'd think with modern high-tech gadgetry, a 17th century weapon would now be obsolete, but the bayonet is still taken seriously.
USAGE:"Although no tactician has taken the bayonet seriously since the Civil War, the Army sees bayonet training as a way of pumping up aggressiveness. On this morning, some of the women seemed tentative as they jabbed at dummies -- but no more so than an equal ratio of men, the sergeants said."
This Woman's Army With a `No Big Deal' Shrug, Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood Again Mixes Genders; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Feb 26, 1995.
See more usage examples of bayonet in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god. -Jean Rostand, biologist and philosopher (1894-1977)