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The sticks

Posted by Bob 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
: : (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).

Yes, "sticks" is in common use here in the U.S..