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GSDane 03-15-2013 09:27 PM

Charlie…?
 
Not that Charlie so just keep reading… :lol3

Being on this great ride at the moment (Chix…) - and no one can explain to me why the tail man rider is called Charlie? :D
Can anyone here explain?

Cheers, GSDane.

GelandeRoadie 03-15-2013 09:44 PM

WW 2 ref - per wiktionary
 
I can't wait to hear what the "chic" version will be!! Just don't upset the boys















:hide

dobbo 03-15-2013 09:44 PM

It is a term that was regularly used in the army, that has been adapted to bikes.

In a rifle section when on a patrol, the last man is called either; tail-end charlie or arse-end charlie.

I believe it stems from the RAF, regarding either the last plane in formation or the rear end gunner.

Here is a link:
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Tail_End_Charlie

Dr AT 03-15-2013 09:49 PM

That's all very well, but " the MAN guarding "....

On a chix ride it's clearly a reference the charles angels.

Dave Ward 03-15-2013 09:50 PM

G'day Dorthe,

"Charlie" was an old slang name used in (mainly) UK to refer to someone whose name was not known, much like the yanks used "Joe". There seems to be no real reason recorded as to why the name Charlie, instead of any others, was used

So in the term "Tail End Charlie" it referred to the last man or plane in a group when the identity of said tail ender wasn't known to all in group. It became well known during & after WW2 due to it's use to designate the last aircraft in the bombing groups over Europe during that war.

grumpyoldbstrd 03-15-2013 10:42 PM

<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> It’s from the etymology nomenclature from the avarian school of thought. Because so many birds were called “Yellow Bellied Sap Suckers”, it was decided by the “Birdos” that an appropriate Latin name should be given to the last bird in a flock (or gaggle, or parliament or murder). The name originally given was Charlieus Incredibilius Extremeius – named by Lady Dorthe (always lagging behind) Kroghinberger– a noted Danish “Birdo” in the 18<sup>th</sup> century who was infamous for always being the last person to arrive. This was ultimately shortened to Charlie. Hence the last person (or thing) to arrive is now called Charlie.
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Russ 03-15-2013 10:47 PM

^:scratch

Sleepy John 03-15-2013 10:58 PM

Because the forward scout is Bruce... Tail end Bruce didn't have the same 'ring' to it.

D_A 03-15-2013 11:58 PM

Shouldn't that be "New-Bruce" then? :zilla

Ockrocket 03-17-2013 04:19 AM

So the Aussie version should be "butt end Bazza" then.

:rofl :rofl :rofl

:freaky
Ock.

D_A 03-17-2013 04:24 AM

It just occurred to me to ask if there might be any connection to the Carl Gustov or "Charley Guts-Ache" recoilless rifle.

Sleepy John 03-17-2013 01:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by D_A (Post 20965860)
It just occurred to me to ask if there might be any connection to the Carl Gustov or "Charley Guts-Ache" recoilless rifle.

No. The biggest bloke carries the CG, if its taken out of it's bag. We never took it on patrol.

gsd4me 03-17-2013 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sleepy John (Post 20958944)
Because the forward scout is Bruce... Tail end Bruce didn't have the same 'ring' to it.


Depends........:ymca




:lol3

itsgunnahurt 03-17-2013 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ockrocket (Post 20965855)
So the Aussie version should be "butt end Bazza" then.

:rofl :rofl :rofl

:freaky
Ock.

Back-door Bazza?:eek1

GSDane 03-17-2013 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave Ward (Post 20958590)
G'day Dorthe,

"Charlie" was an old slang name used in (mainly) UK to refer to someone whose name was not known, much like the yanks used "Joe". There seems to be no real reason recorded as to why the name Charlie, instead of any others, was used

So in the term "Tail End Charlie" it referred to the last man or plane in a group when the identity of said tail ender wasn't known to all in group. It became well known during & after WW2 due to it's use to designate the last aircraft in the bombing groups over Europe during that war.

Hi Dave :wave
Thanks for the explanations... much appreciated. We did have the WW2-thought on the table - close but not close enough.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dr AT (Post 20958577)
That's all very well, but " the MAN guarding "....
On a chix ride it's clearly a reference the charles angels.

The WW2-reference clearly makes sense... but like this one better :chace

GSDane :babe


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