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What Is A Forlorn Hope? (With Old English And Dutch Influence And Germanic Origins)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Is A Forlorn Hope?  (With Old English And Dutch Influence And Germanic Origins)

 

 

Although they are dregs,

Let me tell you what it's like

to live forlornly—








Author's Notes/Comments: 

Also as a personal note, regarding my etymological & linguistic studies (my informal studies).


The phrase originally denoted a band of soldiers picked to begin an attack, many of whom would not survive; the current sense (mid 17th century) derives from a misunderstanding of the etymology..