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August 29, 2011


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I just read an article in the Washington Post in which a McAfee Labs researcher referred to an alleged cyber attack, saying "This is Cyberwarfare 101".

The". ....... 101" expression is fairly common here in the US.


I have never heard of 101 but the Germans use the expression nullachtfünfzehn - usually pronounced nullachtfuffzehn - to indicate something basic, completely ordinary, nothing special.

Virtual Linguist

Thank you both for your comments. John is American and Alan is British, which explains why, like me, he didn't know the term 101.

That is fascinating about the German word, Alan. I know German very well, but didn't know this before. I see from Wikipedia that the word comes from the World War I standard German machine gun, the MG08/15 http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/08/15_(Redewendung)


You were correct in your initial assessment. The "..... 101" originated, I believe, with the American universities' course numbering system which typically starts with 100-level introducrory courses and progresses through 200, 300, 400 over one's four years. The system usually is not absolutely rigid, but there are normally limits on the quantity of low-level courses one can take and still graduate.


I must learn to spell on my Droid. Apologies.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks for that info, John. That matches what the OED says.

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