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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Saboteur: Who knows where this word came from? I think it had something to do with the?

Netherlands.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There's a story that disgruntled Dutch workers flung their shoes - called "sabot" - into the machines in protest to halt them.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It originates in the word 'sabotage.' Which means to destroy, mostly refering to ruining plans or events in a sneaky way. 'Saboteur' is the person doing the sabotaging.

    Sabotage is a term of French origin coined during the railway strike of 1910, when workers destroyed the wooden shoes, or sabots, that held rails in place, thus impeding the morning commute.

    Source(s): Wikipdeia
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "Sabotage is a term of French origin coined during the railway strike of 1910, when workers destroyed the wooden shoes, or sabots, that held rails in place, thus impeding the morning commute. An alternate definition pretends the word to be older by almost a century, the times of Industrial Revolution. It is said that powered looms could be damaged by angry or disgruntled workers throwing their wooden shoes or clogs (known in French as sabots, hence the term Sabotage) into the machinery, effectively clogging the machinery."

    You got me curious...interesting question!

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  • 4 years ago

    When a poet is good most are fooled into thinking its about the writer's life. Maybe a mirror comes into effect,forcing "us" the readers to look at ourselves. You did that.Which makes you a good poet.An 8,would be more but IMO the big words take away a point or two. Some memories stashed away in your head, Time wasted in pain,bury them now they're dead. Bye...Sir.!!!

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  • 3 years ago

    Sabotage Etymology

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  • 1 decade ago

    A sabot is a wooden shoe. Throwing a wooden shoe into working machinery is the equivalent of the American idiom, "throwing a monkey wrench" into it.

    Hence, sabotage is the act of deliberately ruining an operation.

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