Why Mark?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Blitz54, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. Blitz54

    Blitz54 Junior Member

    Where did the name Mark come from in weaponry? I was researching weapons and finally realized that grenades, bombs, and grenade launchers all have the name mark in them (e.g. Mark 19). Why is this?
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    'Mark 1' would be the first of the type.
    'Mark 2' would be the next.... etc. etc. (usually)

    Unless you're looking for etymological definitions?:
    Indo-European Root Etymology

    <TABLE cellSpacing=5 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>merg-
    Boundary, border. Oldest form *mer[​IMG]-, becoming *merg- in centum languages.
    Derivatives include marquee, demarcation, and margin.
    MARK1, from Old English mearc, boundary, landmark, sign, trace; MARGRAVE, from Middle Dutch marc, border;
    MARCH2, MARQUEE, MARQUIS, MARQUISE, from Old French marc, marche, border country;
    MARCHESE, MARCHIONESS, from Medieval Latin marca, boundary, border;
    DEMARCATION, from Old Italian marcare, to mark out;
    MARK2, from Old English marc, a mark of weight or money;
    MARKKA, from Swedish mark, a mark of money;
    MARKA, from Middle High German marke, mark of money. a-h all from Germanic *mark-, boundary, border territory; also to mark out a boundary by walking around it (ceremonially "beating the bounds"); also a landmark, boundary marker, and a mark in general (and in particular a mark on a metal currency bar, hence a unit of currency); these various meanings are widely represented in Germanic descendants and in Romance borrowings.


    merg- - yourDictionary.com

  3. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    They used Mark because Matthew, Luke and John were all busy at the time! (sorry, couldn't help it! :D )
  4. Blitz54

    Blitz54 Junior Member

    lol that's actually pretty good :D

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