One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A US Marine.
- ‘After all, how could some jarhead Marine know more about any subject than the Washington Post?’
- ‘I know what I meant, jarhead, I don't need the likes of you questioning my command of the language.’
- ‘The entire manner in which the heavily criticized Patriot Act was passed into law is enough to give even the most jingoistic jarhead reason to pause.’
- ‘A lot is made in many movies of the physical training and the technical training that they experience in boot camp but I really think boot camp is to turn you into a jarhead.’
Early 20th century (originally US dialect, in the sense ‘mule’): from jar + head. The word originally referred to members of the US army, on account of the mule mascot of the Army football teams.
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