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The sticks

Posted by ESC on December 03, 2002

In Reply to: The sticks posted by Bookworm on December 03, 2002

: Is this term for boondocks strictly English? I've never heard it in the US. (But I have heard boonies).

: As an aside:

: When American GIs returned from Asia at the close of
: World War II, besides Victory they brought home a new
: word to add to the lexicon -- "boondocks". It is derived from bundok the Philippine word for mountain and decribes a place that is remote and inaccessible.

It's a pretty common term in the U.S. Probably from this song:

Down in the Boondocks
Kenny Loggins
Music & Lyrics by Joe South

Down in the Boondocks
Down in the Boondocks
People put me down
'Cause that's the side of town I was born in

I love her
She loves me
But I don't fit in her society
Lord have mercy on the boy from
Down in the Boondocks