February 11, 2013
strategy (noun)
\STRAT-uh-jee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : the science and art of employing the forces of a country in peace or war; especially : the science and art of military command exercised to meet the enemy in combat under favorable conditions2 a : a careful plan or method b : the art of making or employing plans or tricks to achieve a goal
How do you use it?
Collin was called on first to go through the obstacle course, but he had a strategy all planned out and so wasn't the least bit nervous.
Are you a word wiz?

Although military strategies are about as old as war itself, "strategy" wasn't always part of the English language. Around when do you think "strategy" became part of everyday English?

If you planned to pick C, you had a winning strategy. "Strategy" entered English shortly before the War of 1812. A few other words related to the military also became part of English then. For example, the term "armed forces" for the combined military, naval, and air forces of a nation was first used in the early part of the 19th century, as was "battlefront," which names the military sector in which actual combat takes place. English speakers of that time also began using "taps" for the first time to refer to the last bugle call at night blown as a signal that lights are to be put out.
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