Websters term

After a heated discussion all afternoon, (post op tour and bored sh*tless) we can't come to an agreement where the term 'WEBSTERS' originated from

ie websters night (fancy dress)

'your car looks websters' etc

The best conclusion / offer was that in the early 80's there was a shop in aldershot that sold clothing and was called 'websters'

The clothing was pretty crap, hence the term.

Any offers?
More Than Just Webster

The end of the 19th century brought G. & C. Merriam Company copyright and trademark difficulties created by the expiration of early copyrights on Webster's work, the sale of rights to some of his abridged dictionaries, and the expiration in 1889 of the copyright on Merriam-Webster's 1847 edition. The respect that Merriam-Webster had earned for its Webster's dictionaries over the course of fifty years was a desirable asset that unscrupulous companies found they could exploit simply by calling any dictionary they produced or reprinted Webster's.

Merriam-Webster went to court time and again over copyrights and trademarks. One famous suit, lodged against the Saalfield Publishing Company in 1917, resulted in an injunction enjoining that company from using the title Webster's Dictionary without the disclaimer, "This dictionary is not published by the original publishers of Webster's Dictionary, or by their successors." Later suits allowed the use of the name Webster by others, while upholding other marks identifying Merriam-Webster titles.

The net effect of the proliferation of Webster's dictionaries is a reference-book marketplace in which the consumer is either unaware of or confused about what differentiates these books. In an attempt to draw consumers' attention to the issue, the company changed its name in 1982 from G. & C. Merriam Company to Merriam-Webster Inc. and in 1991 reinforced that move by introducing the following position statement to further identify and distinguish its products and to place greater emphasis on a unique tradition of quality dictionary-making:

Not just Webster. Merriam-Webster.™

Other publishers may use the name Webster, but only Merriam-Webster products are backed by 150 years of accumulated knowledge and experience. The Merriam-Webster name is your assurance that a reference work carries the quality and authority of a company that has been publishing since 1831.


or is it

Not just Webster. Merriam-Webster

said as though its a good thing

And a trade mark too!!!
I know within the Engineers when I joined in 94, I didn't hear anyone use it until I got to 9 Sqn in 96.

Again it was never used commonly (from what I remember) on my A2 or my B1, in 95/96 and 2000 respectively.

But when mobilised for a trip to Iraq in 2005 everyone in the RE regiment I was sent with was using it.

Of course I could be totally wrong!
as per my suspicions then...
Something to do with sappers in the Shot buying/wearing cack civie gear as they didn't have 501s and dessie boots and couldn't wear maroon t-shirts!
thats the thing, we bought clothes to cut about in and not wear the same stuff day in day out...

got a tad boring after a while... :)
seems to be the strongest plausible explanation, keeps coming up from different people .....
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