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Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:40 am
by zzzzoom
anton wrote:and later, "Mama, hand me my blunder bust" (!).

noun historical
a short-barreled large-bored gun with a flared muzzle, used at short range.

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: alteration (by association with blunder ) of Dutch donderbus, literally ‘thunder gun.’

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:23 am
by anton
'Fowling piece' and 'blunderbuss' - you sure learn a lot of obscure English firearms vocabulary from listening to swing music :shock: