Slogan (military)

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The slogan is a military password that only the commander of a division will be announced, but not the ordinary soldiers. When a unit is approaching , the guard demands the watchword from the commander.

Other types of military password

The solution is a password that is exchanged between two units when they meet at night. A double word often serves as the solution.

The so-called field shouting also served as a password . In contrast to slogans and slogans, the field shouts were known to every soldier and could therefore also be demanded from individual soldiers and small groups.

Word origin

Parole was meaning "word, speech" already in the Middle High German from the French borrowed. In the 17th century there was a second borrowing within the military language. French parole goes back to Latin parabola and Greek parabállein (see also parabola ).

Slogan has been attested in this sense since the 15th century. It is a word formation for lot and in Middle High German still had the meaning “ throwing lots ”.

Individual evidence

  1. See Duden online: Feldgeschrei
  2. ^ Field shouting . In: Heinrich August Pierer , Julius Löbe (Hrsg.): Universal Lexicon of the Present and the Past . 4th edition. tape 6 . Altenburg 1858, p. 170 ( ).
  3. Duden «Etymologie» - dictionary of origin of the German language. 2nd edition, Dudenverlag, 1989
  4. ^ Duden online: Parole and parable
  5. SOLUTION, f. the loose, mhd. lô ჳ unge . In: Jacob Grimm , Wilhelm Grimm : German Dictionary . Hirzel, Leipzig 1854–1961 ( , University of Trier).
  6. Duden online: solution