Websters term

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  1. 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?

  2. ?

    or is it


  3. Not just Webster. Merriam-Webster

    said as though its a good thing

    And a trade mark too!!!
  4. 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!
  5. Originates, from a shop or something in Aldershot. Started with the RE.
  6. as per my suspicions then...
  7. 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!
  8. 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... :)
  9. Source?

    Not that I disagree.
  10. seems to be the strongest plausible explanation, keeps coming up from different people .....
  11. http://arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=7448/

    The last 3 replies agree with each other, so I presume it was the truth.
  12. Could see why you would though... :wink: