scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Webelos, sheep and anti-lock brakes
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Sat Feb 05 2000 - 09:09:55 CST
For my two cents worth: Webelos is an anacronym or one of those -onym
words, that means you take part of a long phrase to make the short word.
The military is famous for these. It comes from:
So a Webelos Scout is like saying: he's a loyal scout scout. A Webelos
is one, two or three boys. You have one Webelos, two Webelos or a whole
den of Webelos. You have one Webelos den or two Webelos dens. It's bad
enough to have Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Explorers, Venturers,
It's like if you have ABS on you car, you have anti-lock brake system,
not ABS brakes, which means anti-lock brake system brakes. I still like
the generic term of: Scouts. That covers Cubs, Boy and Explorer. Now
what do I do about those Venturers?
So where did sheep ome into this?