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The sticks

Posted by Bookworm on December 03, 2002

In Reply to: The sticks posted by ESC 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
: (Nightwatch)
: 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

Perhaps I was unclear. I'd heard of boondocks, it's the use of "the sticks" that I was questioning. Is it *British* English? (By the way, my apologies for the inappropriately placed carriage returns in my original post. That is what comes from cutting and pasting from a web site).