Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Blunderbuss - The Thunder Gun

Thunder Gun, Thunder Pipe, Donderbus,
Photo by Chris Peters

BLUNDERBUSS

Noun. Mid-17th century.
[Alteration (by association with blunder) of Dutch donderbus, from donder thunder + bus gun (originally box, tube; compare with German Büchse.]

1. Historical. A short gun with a large bore, firing many balls or slugs at once. M17

2. A talkative or blundering person. L17

I've always wanted to fire a blunderbuss. Come on! Who hasn't? It's called a 'Thunder Gun' in the original Dutch for goodness sake! As well as the fascinating history behind the blunderbuss, it's found a place in the English language as a word for a talkative or blundering person, and it's an apt metaphor; we all know people who simply overwhelm those around them with their incessant, loud and indiscriminate talk, like the shot of a blunderbuss, as well as those who cause so much blundering destruction that it's like someone has fired a "Thunder Gun" in the room. Come to think of it, children are a bit like that. Maybe blunderbuss should also be used to mean a child (any child) under five.


Are you a blunderbuss?

Have you ever fired a blunderbuss?

Are you going to pretend you wouldn't like to?

Do please scatter your comments indiscriminately below.

28 comments:

  1. When I come across this word, I associate it with a big sloppy kiss, like the ones I get from my pooches! I just made you feel icky didn't I Ed?!
    I know it has nothing do with kisses, but it's that dang 'buss' at the end!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think it's a great word for a big sloppy kiss! (I shall just try and forget there are any animals involved)

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Brevity is an art-form that few mortals can ever ...

      Ah nuts.

      Delete
  3. One of the only times I can appreciate a blunderbuss (human form) is during awkward small talk. Ask one question and they can go on forever. Oh my introverted self appreciates that at times haha. It let's me be a bit lazy in the conversation :p.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha depends on the day, the blunderbuss, and how much I am paying attention : p.

      Delete
  4. Yeah!! My father is usually used to use thunder gun. This gun is really great. First time i have fired blunderbuss when my age was 10 years old. I really enjoyed it. Hope i will get this opportunity again.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Very well written information. It will be valuable to anyone who employess it, including me. Keep doing what you are doing – for sure i will check out more posts. best biometric gun safes

    ReplyDelete
  6. One of the most appealing and bewitching blog that I read recently.
    biometric hand gun safe

    ReplyDelete
  7. I think this is an informative post and it is very useful and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed reading this post click this over here now

    ReplyDelete
  8. It feels awe-inspiring to read such informative and distinctive articles on your websites.
    glock-doc.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. this is really nice to read..informative post is very good to read..thanks a lot! safesreview.com/gun-safes-what-should-you-know

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you! I am find information on this topic as about how to handle on the gun shooter.. Zoomtargets

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thank you for sharing a bunch of this quality contents, I have bookmarked your blog. Please also explore advice from my site. I will be back for more quality contents. softair san marino

    ReplyDelete
  12. When you use a genuine service, you will be able to provide instructions, share materials and choose the formatting style. carabina

    ReplyDelete
  13. It happens often across the world and the majority of these incidents could be prevented if the gun had been locked up and secured in a gun safe that was secured enough if they had chosen the best gun safe on the market. link

    ReplyDelete
  14. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often. glock sights

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great post, and great website. Thanks for the information! thesurvivallife.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Extraordinary stuff of course. Keep up the colossal work!!!
    piano for all

    ReplyDelete
  17. I definitely enjoying every little bit of it. It is a great website and nice share. I want to thank you. Good job! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work. Best selling muzzleloaders

    ReplyDelete
  18. I tried to post something earlier today and I got a blank screen after I clicked ‘Comment’. It seems to work ok now I guess, but just so you know. Take care! gun locker

    ReplyDelete
  19. I am happy to find this post Very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I Always prefer to read The Quality and glad I found this thing in you post. Thanks buy gradual instagram likes paypal

    ReplyDelete
  20. On the other hand, some people who enjoy guns may not want to post a review of the gun they are purchasing. It can be frustrating reading other people's opinions and you may want to avoid this if possible. Click here to get more information about gun reviews.

    ReplyDelete
  21. You make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. Your views are in accordance with my own for the most part. This is great content for your readers. sniper bolt action softair

    ReplyDelete
  22. I just found this blog and have high hopes for it to continue. Keep up the great work, its hard to find good ones. I have added to my favorites. Thank You. survival gear

    ReplyDelete
  23. Anyone can swing a stick or try to cut something with a sword but to be able to do it efficiently and consistently is a whole different story. hatsan hand pump

    ReplyDelete