November 11, 2004

Interesting Trivia: Origin of Two Expressions

I was perusing the history section of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst website (don't ask) and I came across the following little nugget that I thought might be of interest:

Two expressions from the old RMA [Royal Military Academy] passed into the language. "Talking Shop", meaning "to discuss subjects not understood by others", derives from the RMA being commonly known as "The Shop", as its first building was a converted workshop in Woolwich Arsenal. "Snooker", the table-top game, was invented by a former cadet of the RMA, where the members of the junior intake were known as "snookers", from a corruption of "les neux" (the new guys).


Isn't that cool?

Posted by Random Penseur at November 11, 2004 02:00 PM

Interesting tidbits, RP!
I just assumed you were perusing the RMA website to see where prince Harry (or is it Wills?) will be attending soon...

Posted by: GrammarQueen at November 11, 2004 03:13 PM

Nope. Actually got curious about it while reading obits on the Telegraph about old war heros.

Posted by: RP at November 11, 2004 03:24 PM

Who knew obits could be so educational!
And it is interesting. Thanks. I'm a language bug.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at November 11, 2004 04:45 PM

Well, this fact wasn't in the obits, actually. It was the obit that made me want to go find out more about Sandhurst, which is where I found this. And I know what you mean about the language thing.

Posted by: rp at November 11, 2004 04:59 PM

I still think you were just reading People magazine and wanted to find out where prince Harry was going...
(Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

Posted by: GrammarQueen at November 12, 2004 09:07 AM
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