[LMB] question about American weapons

Batwrangler batwrangler at gmail.com
Sat Sep 20 05:02:38 BST 2008


http://www2.new-boston.nh.us/Pages/NewBostonNH_About/mollystark about
a named, 200-yo cannon.

Other named Civil War ordinance: http://www.cwartillery.org/afamgun.html


On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 7:11 PM, Elizabeth Holden <azurite at rogers.com> wrote:
> A topic came up in an LJ discussion and I thought maybe people here would have some intelligent replies.
>
> I noted that in an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", someone had named his knife "Katie".  This reminded me of Jayne in "Firefly" calling his gun "Vera".  Someone mentioned a weapon with a girl's name in "Farscape" and someone else said the soldiers in "Full Metal Jacket" named their weapons after girls - that dates it to the original novel in 1979, though the story is set in Vietnam.
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> Now, I know there's a fine medieval tradition of naming weapons (and perhaps also classical? even pre-classical traditions?) but as far as I know they always had male names, or gender-nonspecific ones.
>
> So where does the tradition of naming weapons after girls come from? is it purely fictional?  If so, does it happen in  books, movies and TV shows other than the above?  Or is it something that was really done in Vietnam?  If so, it only American soldiers who do it?
>
> namaste,
> Elizabeth
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