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British English (Cheshire)
I would much appreciate your opinion on the above term. In American English, do you say football boot camp to describe a place where different teams gather to train? I thought boot camp was either a military training centre or an institution for juvenile deliquents.

Many thanks for your help.
  • pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    Football teams have training camp each summer before the season begins in the fall. Teams each train separately; they don't train together.

    We do use boot camp metaphorically to mean any short, introductory training program; I, for example, attended my state's "prosecutor boot camp." But it wouldn't be used for the situation you describe.


    Senior Member
    We do use boot camp metaphorically to mean any short, introductory training program.
    I agree. In fact, I have a friend who runs a training program called Bridal Business Boot Camp (which always brought up strange mental images for me -- obstacle courses in wedding gowns...) :^) I have also seen CNA (Certified Network Administrator) Boot Camp, Fitness Boot Camp as well as other training programs using "boot camp" in the name.

    As pob14 said, it's usually a one-time introductory or intensive training program. You don't usually go through boot camp more than once. You either succeed or fail in Boot Camp.
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    American English
    I don't know how to put in the link, but there is another thread titled "boot camp," which I found by putting "boot camp" in the search window at the top of the page. It's from this year.
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