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tommy atkins (TOM-ee AT-kinz) noun

1. A British soldier.

2. One of the rank and file of any organization.

[From Thomas Atkins, a fictitious name used in sample forms in British army.]

"On the other hand, there are our traditional allies, the Brits. Tommy Atkins and G.I. Joe historically have stood shoulder to shoulder. The rules, however, are changing, and in the next joint engagement Tommy could call time out to file a lawsuit." John Corry, Fort Happy Commune, The American Spectator (Great Barrington, Massachusetts), Jun 2000.

This week's theme: eponyms.

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Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter. -African proverb


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