Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Strike - How Did the Term STRIKE originate...?

Do You Know How the Term STRIKE Originated...?

Going on a "strike" is a common phenomenon - especially in India.
From time to time everyone goes on strike - industrial workers, bankers, doctors, railwaymen, transporters, traders, students - even retired military veterans were on a hunger strike for OROP.
In a democracy - going on a strike as a protest and for making demands is quite normal. 
There is only one exception - Armed Forces Personnel.
Military Personnel (Army Soldiers, Navy Sailors and Air Force Airmen) are not permitted to strike work.
Yes - everyone can strike work - except military personnel.
If Military Personnel go on Strike - it is considered a Mutiny.
However - do you know that the word STRIKE originated from the Military - more specifically - from the Navy. 
Navy Sailors threatened to "strike down the sails" and immobilise their ships.
Yes - the word "Strike" was first recorded in 1768 - when British Sailors threatened to strike (take down) the sails on their ships - and cease all work until their grievances were settled. 
This they did - and a new word "Strike" entered the language. 
Quite ironical - isn't it...? 
Those who invented the word "Strike" are not permitted to go on Strike. 
The word STRIKE originated in the Navy (Military) 
The irony is - today - everyone is allowed to go on strike - except the Navy (Military) 
Ha Ha - those who invented the technique of strike cannot go on strike...

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