Webelos (with an S)
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 24 Sep 1993 10:24:18 CST
I was reading through the Penney's catalog last evening and noticed that
someone dropped the 's' from Webelos. I continue to be amazed at the number
of Cub leaders who drop the 's' to make it singular. If you are
uncomfortable with Webelos being both a singular and plural noun, try using
it as an adjective as originally intended, i.e., "He is a Webelos Cub Scout."
But, like most things, we seek a shorter term so most people just use
Webelos as "My son is a Webelos" meaning 1) he is in a webelos den or 2) he
has earned the Webelos badge.
Now that I look back, is it really an adjective -- modifying the noun
Cub Scout -- or is it an adverb -- modifying the adjective Cub which modifies
the noun Scout? In either case, there is "no such thing" as a Webelo. If
you have one he is a WEBELOS; if you have several, they are a Webelos den.
It's been discussed before, but does anyone remember it's derivation?
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