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The Real Original Maverick

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The word “maverick” has long been used to describe John McCain. His campaign has even embraced the term, labeling the senator “the original maverick.” I’m not sure what they mean by “original,” but I do know they’re wrong. Maverick – the word and the family that made the word part of our lexicon – comes straight out of South Texas.

Since a political campaign can hardly be expected to provide a linguistic lesson in its promotional materials, I’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. Don’t mind the negative slant towards McCain. The history is still quite interesting.