- Dec 23, 2006
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I’ve always been partial to the opinion that the name came from the generic German term for a military longarm Braun Buss or strong gun. It was certainly stronger than the lighter civilian arms. Remember the three George’s were Hanoverian, George I never even learned English, most documents were translated to German so he could read them.
Braun or strong is where our term brawny comes from.
He touches on that in the article, though it was beyond the scope of that relatively short piece to flesh out the "false etymologies." I think the English slang origin is definitively more likely.