On the scout

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2 comments on this post.
  1. Scott:

    “…a ‘scout’ was simply a knowledgeable rider who investigated the trail ahead to insure the travelers’ safety.”

    Why do you use “insure” here rather than “ensure”? I always thought “insure” was used strictly in the sense of an insurance policy.

  2. John E. Schlosser:

    In the novel “True Grit,” I saw two uses of the phrase “on the scout.” Tom Chaney was said to be “on the scout.” Also, when asked whether Rooster should tell Moon’s brother what happened to him, the dying Moon says “It don’t matter. He knows I was on the scout.” No idea what the origin of this phrase is.

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