Guns ‘R Us: Our Violent Words, Our Violent Ways | Larry Paros Blog

Guns ‘R Us: Our Violent Words, Our Violent Ways | Larry Paros Blog

Rita Rudzinsky  ⋅  12 Jul 2015 15:26:06

“Top guns” were once synonymous with “great guns.” Our first “great guns” were simply large firearms like cannons, as opposed to smaller ones such as muskets or rifles, a distinction which held up to the end of the 19th century. They also came to name a person of note or consequence. The man we used to call a “great gun” was really something. Today we know him better as the real “big shot.”

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