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Monday, 14 January 2008

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The last article that I read on this business said that the Romans on the wall called us "Britunculi" i.e. Wee Brits. Could it have been soldierly sarcasm because they/we were much taller than your average Roman? Or was the regiment concerned composed of lofty chaps from outside Italy, and they meant "wee" literally?

'DM', I can't speak for Roman squaddies, only for modern-day Brit ones and in my experience irony was never their strong suit. So, on the basis that soldiers are soldiers where-ever or when ever, and to answer your question, I suspect that the more literal translation of "Britunculi" is "Fucking short-arse pygmies", or words to that effect!

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