a boot camp-style class

Discussion in 'English Only' started by marsbeing, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. marsbeing

    marsbeing Senior Member

  2. pob14 Senior Member

    Central Illinois
    American English
    Try "boot camp." From the WR dictionary:

  3. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    "Boot" is U.S. Marine Corps/Navy jargon for "recruit," i.e. a newcomer.

    See: boot camp and existing discussions.

    boot camp
    boot camp ?

    SDG (U.S. Marine Corps, 1957-1961)
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2015
  4. Winstanley808 Banned

    English - U.S.
    In the U.S. military, the initial training location is called a "boot camp," and trainees are even called "boots." I don't know why. It involves indoctrination, learning subordination, and physical conditioning, directed by traditionally harsh and assertive non-commissioned officers ("drill sergeants" in the Marine Corps; the equivalent "petty officers" in the Navy). The term has been extended in civilian life to any intense, structured training. It's often more of a marketing term than an accurate description, implying but not necessarily delivering extensive improvement in a short time.
  5. marsbeing

    marsbeing Senior Member

    I see. Thanks a million, everybody!

    To be honest, I find the term. i.e. boot camp, strange and confusing.

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