- Word of the Day for Tuesday September 17, 2002
paladin \PAL-uh-din\, noun:
1. A knight-errant; a distinguished champion of a medieval
king or prince; as, the paladins of Charlemagne.
2. A champion of a cause.
... the celebrated but distrusted paladin of imperialism
and the romantic conception of life, the swashbuckling
militarist, the vehement orator and journalist, the most
public of public personalities in a world dedicated to the
cultivation of private virtues, the Chancellor of the
Exchequer of the Conservative Government then in power, Mr.
--Isaiah Berlin, "Mr. Churchill," The Atlantic,
Paladin derives from Late Latin palatinus, "an officer of the
palace," from Latin palatium, "royal residence, palace," from
Palatium, one of the seven hills of Rome, on which Augustus
had his residence.
"Be All That You Can Be"
In '45, they were heroes.
In '75, murderers.
Now with sign-on cash bonuses
they're bought for the government's eraser
making personal debt disappear
"Accelerate Your Life"
They sell their lives for
travel: Guam, Hawaii, Germany
There's only one paladin
among fifty modern mercenaries
None even thought they might die.
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