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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  02/JUN/2007 12:14 AM
Assunto:  The G.I.s.
 
Mensagem: 

GI = government issue

 

I think it was during World War II that, in the USA, the term became very popular and also came to mean "someone in the armed forces of the USA", "something associated with the armed forces" (food, housing, vehicles, etc.), and even diarrhea.   Although "GI" is still heard, I doubt that most younger people have any idea that it once meant diarrhea. 

 

Other ways to say diarrhea include turista, Montezuma's revenge, the Aztec two step, the trots, the runs, etc.  Montezuma was, of course, emperor of the Aztecs at the time Cortez and his men arrived in Mexico, entered what is now Mexico City, and generally robbed the people blind. 

 

 


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The G.I.s.  –  MiltonHW  01/JUN/2007, 11:50 PM
 The G.I.s.  –  Dale/CR  02/JUN/2007, 12:14 AM
The G.I.s.  –  MiltonHW  02/JUN/2007, 1:02 AM
The G.I.s.  –  Dale/CR  02/JUN/2007, 2:58 AM

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