where words come from
willful destruction of property or obstruction of operations, deliberate subversion
Where does the word "sabotage" come from? (choose the one best answer)
A. Named after the WWI combat tactics of Generalissimo Maximillian Sabota.
B. Latin finance term meaning "at risk;" opposite of arbitrage, meaning "riskless."
C. Derived from the Old French word for shoe, sabot, a kind of wooden clog.
D. Coined during mutiny court-martial of South American ship, the S. A. Botage.
From overt treachery to covert acts which merely hinder progress, sabotage often involves well-orchestrated coercion, intimidation, betrayal and treason.
By as early as the 14th century, an entire class of highly skilled mercenaries was trained and (for a price) available as assassins and chaos agents.
But they weren't called "saboteurs" until AFTER French mill workers threw their shoes in the loom, "clogging" it to protest mechanization -- so C is correct.
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