June 10, 2005

Etymology 101

So now I am up at a ridiculously early hour because I went to bed at a ridiculously early hour last night. At least I didn't accomplish anything important yesterday. Unfortunately, that means I'm going to have to find something I can wear to work without underwear since no laundry got done. Does anyone know where the phrase "going commando" came from, anyway?

Posted by Susie at June 10, 2005 06:45 AM | TrackBack

OK. Did a little googling and I found some references:

One about British Royal Commandos preferring to go "free willy" I saw a few times.

However, I found this link:


for an article on Slate reporting that some Special Forces and SEALs do, in fact, forego underwear in the field for a number of reasons, including freeing up rucksack space and comfort/rash prevention during extended(and unexpected, I imagine) stays in salt water.

I got the above link though this post from someone who is apparently a former commando himself and who confirms the Slate article:


Of course, this can all just be crap since, according to this site:


it first appeared on a 1996 episode of "Friends". Gotta love Joey.

Other than that, there is very little showing up in Google about this phrase other than the computer game.


Posted by: Russ at June 10, 2005 07:46 AM

Wow! Thanks, Russ!

Posted by: Susie at June 10, 2005 08:43 AM

This has been posted since 6:45am and not one single comment from Harvey about it yet?

Man, he is really starting to be a slacker.

I say wear a skirt and do a Fatel Attraction moment during the day.

Posted by: Machelle at June 10, 2005 11:18 AM

Sorry my ISP has been playing games with me all morning.

mmmm... bottomless Susie ;-)

Posted by: Harvey at June 10, 2005 12:37 PM

Hmm, I thought Free Willy was about a whale. Then again, whales as a species forego wearing underwear as a rule.

Posted by: Tig at June 10, 2005 05:20 PM

That was a perfect "Ask Jen" question. You remember Jen--blogsister of ours who has been reduced to putting up pix of her skin because she has beal?

Posted by: Victor at June 11, 2005 05:41 AM


Very erudite research.

Me, I'm still stuck on the Susie/no underwear thing.

(For the record, I'd heard the expression loooong before the Friends episode.)

Posted by: Light & Dark at June 11, 2005 12:42 PM