The word â€œmaverickâ€ has long been used to describe John McCain. His campaign has even embraced the term, labeling the senator â€œthe original maverick.â€ Iâ€™m not sure what they mean by â€œoriginal,â€ but I do know theyâ€™re wrong. Maverick â€“ the word and the family that made the word part of our lexicon â€“ comes straight out of South Texas.
Since a political campaign can hardly be expected to provide a linguistic lesson in its promotional materials, Iâ€™ve been meaning to share the Maverick story. Fortunately for me, Jan Jarboe Russell of the San Antonio Express News published a great column yesterday detailing how the Maverick family of San Antonio became the original, original mavericks.
If you like a little history with your language, give the column a read. Donâ€™t mind the negative slant towards McCain. The history is still quite interesting.