Where did the term "Commando" come from?

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Where did the term "Commando" come from?

P'Gell P'Gell
I posted this earlier, deep inside one of my too verbose posts. But, I want to know.

Anybody know where the term "Commando" comes from? My Man uses it all the time, and I would like to know the origin of the term. It's cute, but I can't figure out what it came from. Running out of underwear in the Jungles of Viet Nam? I have no idea.
07/10/2010
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ScottA ScottA
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
I posted this earlier, deep inside one of my too verbose posts. But, I want to know.

Anybody know where the term "Commando" comes from? My Man uses it all the time, and I would like to know the origin of the term. It's cute, but ...
Perhaps it plays on the "traveling light and ready for anything" nature of military commandos?
07/10/2010
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Here's what the Urban Dictionary says:

It is called 'going commando' because of an old practice in the army, where, so you didn't shit your underwear in battle, you didn't wear any - and therefore could boast that you didn't shit your pants. link

Not sure I buy this because you still shit in your pants - just not your underpants. Hopefully someone will find a better explanation!
07/10/2010
Alicia Alicia
Wiki says basically it's related to military but the exact reason seems to vary. link
07/10/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
I like to look up definitions on Urban dictionary.

Commando
07/11/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Thank you all. Passion, I looked it up in the Urban Dictionary, as you suggested. Two seemed to make the most sense.

Commando

From the Scottish term "going regimental" meaning to stay traditional and not wear undergarments under one's kilt.


When a guy is not wearing any underwear. This is done by Marines or Soldiers during forced marches or "humps" to cut down on shaffing. Must be done in conjunction with a liberal amount of Gold Bond or baby powder.

I think they meant "chaffing" Anyway, it's close. I thought maybe it was a Viet Nam War term, but who knows? Thanks for the info source. I'm bookmarking the dictionary, also.
07/14/2010
*Ashley* *Ashley*
Quote:
Originally posted by PassionQT
I like to look up definitions on Urban dictionary.

Commando
ha-ha. I love urban dictionary! The funniest turn I have come across is 'Landshark' definition 2 gets me. ha-ha.
07/14/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by Gunsmoke
Here's what the Urban Dictionary says:

It is called 'going commando' because of an old practice in the army, where, so you didn't shit your underwear in battle, you didn't wear any - and therefore could boast that you ...
Depends upon the culture. In most places besides the US, pants are underwear and slacks are the things we wear over the underwear.
07/14/2010
Gary Gary
It came from that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. He has influenced many underwear fashions, and even a few pubic hair styles.
07/14/2010
LilLostLenore LilLostLenore
so your soldier can be free and stand at ease.
09/26/2011
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