Do you know where the term son of a gun came from?
The phrase “son of a gun” has several possible origins. One of those being that in times past, the British artillery had a train of followers and among them were ladies of “easy virtue” with whom the gunners had “unblessed liaisons”. This being a time before modern birth control, bad luck or carelessness would produce an illegitimate child. Members in other parts of the military, like the Infantry and Cavalry, did not have the pleasure to “enjoy” such things and called the child from one of these encounters a “son of a gun”.
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