Why? - Page 2




 
--
 
July 17th, 2005  
ghost457
 
 
speaking of insults, does anyone know where the idea of a "jarhead" came from? why not just say "dumb ______" (fill in blank),
July 17th, 2005  
MI Blues
 

Topic: Jarhead


Quote:
Originally Posted by ghost457
speaking of insults, does anyone know where the idea of a "jarhead" came from? why not just say "dumb ______" (fill in blank),
That's easy. Whats the first thing that comes to mind when you see a practically bald recruit standing at attention? if you held a mayonnaise jar upside down beside his head, you'd notice the similarity.
July 19th, 2005  
782.matt
 
 

Topic: Re: Jarhead


Quote:
Originally Posted by MI Blues
Quote:
Originally Posted by ghost457
speaking of insults, does anyone know where the idea of a "jarhead" came from? why not just say "dumb ______" (fill in blank),
That's easy. Whats the first thing that comes to mind when you see a practically bald recruit standing at attention? if you held a mayonnaise jar upside down beside his head, you'd notice the similarity.
Maybe this is the same thing, but I thought it was because of the "high and tight" haircut they usually get?
--
July 20th, 2005  
DTop
 
 
Here's how one gunny describes the derivation of the term "Jarhead".

Quote:
On one or two occasions I was overheard discussing Marine Corps lore with other boots, and corrected by one or more of the old salts. In particular, I was told that the term Jarhead originated in the Corps back in the days when mules were still used. As anyone who has ever watched an old western movie knows, mules were often referred to as Jughead. The oldtimers insisted that Marines also referred to their mules as Jughead and/or Jarhead. Over time, certain stubborn or hard to deal with Marines were also called Jarheads.
There it is, take it or leave it. Myself, I can accept the above as the origin for the term Jarhead, and still see how the newer explanations also became attached to the legend and became the sole existing explanation. We May never know for sure.
http://www20.brinkster.com/gunnyg/jarhead.html
July 21st, 2005  
silent driller
 
 
Here's basically what the services think of each other:

The Army is full of ground pounding, dog faced morons.
The Air Force is full of nerds and "Chairborne Rangers."
The Navy is full of people who dress in white and call themselves seamen
The Marine Corps is full of even bigger morons, but they look better.
The Coast Guard is full of... who knows? They just sort of float around out there...