Charlie…?

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  1. GSDane

    GSDane Ride like a girl

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    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.
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  2. GelandeRoadie

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    I can't wait to hear what the "chic" version will be!! Just don't upset the boys















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  3. dobbo

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    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
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  4. Dr AT

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

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

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    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.
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  6. grumpyoldbstrd

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    <!--[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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  7. Russ

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    ^:scratch
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  8. Sleepy John

    Sleepy John Grumpy Adventurer

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

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    Shouldn't that be "New-Bruce" then? :zilla
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    So the Aussie version should be "butt end Bazza" then.

    :rofl :rofl :rofl

    :freaky
    Ock.
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  11. D_A

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

    Sleepy John Grumpy Adventurer

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    No. The biggest bloke carries the CG, if its taken out of it's bag. We never took it on patrol.
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  13. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Depends........:ymca




    :lol3
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  14. itsgunnahurt

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    Back-door Bazza?:eek1
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  15. GSDane

    GSDane Ride like a girl

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

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

    GSDane :babe
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  16. GSDane

    GSDane Ride like a girl

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    Well, well, well... GOP, thank you again for a very detailed explanation on a very interesting subject.
    Isn't it just amazing how much stuff old people know...

    D.
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  17. grumpyoldbstrd

    grumpyoldbstrd Been here awhile

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    Hey Grandkid,
    Hope you have (or have had) a good flight back to DK & catch up on some sleep on the way home.
    Next time you're having coffee with that Tassie chick, say "G'day" for me.
    See you next year???
    Yours in oldness & grumpiness,
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  18. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Of course, there was also "Victor Charlie", but that's another story.
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    Hmmm.

    No. Don't do it Sleepy. You'll get yourself in trouble.
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  20. KIZ

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    sounds like radio talk to me. And what is Grumys story for a six, ie rear.
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