Infanteer

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sage:
"He had all the tools as an infanteer," was a newspaper quote regarding one of the two Canadian soldiers killed by a mine in Afghanistan last week.

Infanteer doesn't appear in any dictionary according to OneLook.

Google searching shows it was used in the bio. of a WWI soldier who "went overseas (to Europe) as an infanteer ... and found himself in the Royal Flying Corps." It was used in the early 1930s as the pen name of someone writing in the Canadian Miltary Journal.
It certainly seems to be a WWII Commonwealth infantry usage, especially Australian, and with some British regiments.
There's even a poem called The Infanteer, one bit of which says "For the brave infanteer deserves more than your sneer, He is truly the salt of the earth."
A bit of a change from PBI Poor Bloody Infantry.

No author and no other poetic hits found.
Anyone else encountered it?
Cheers, Sage
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Matti Lamprhey:
[nq:1]"He had all the tools as an infanteer," was a newspaper quote regarding one of the two Canadian soldiers killed by a mine in Afghanistan last week. Infanteer doesn't appear in any dictionary according to OneLook.[/nq]
Then you should complain to OneLook! The word is in NSOED: infanteer; n. slang. M20 (f. INFANT(RY + -EER) An infantryman.

I think the unbalanced parenthesis is deliberate.)

Matti
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khann:
[nq:1]"He had all the tools as an infanteer," was a newspaper quote regarding one of the two Canadian soldiers killed by a mine in Afghanistan last week. Infanteer doesn't appear in any dictionary according to OneLook.[/nq]
[nq:1]Anyone else encountered it?[/nq]
It was fairly common usage in the Cdn army and I assume that it remains so but it was always recognized as being a slang term and I don't recall seeing it used in official documents.
KHann
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