The Origin of the Term "Farb"
by Jonah Begone
"FARB": This used to be the file where I kept my speculations about the origin of the word farb. I have since written a new article on the subject - which I think is definitive - after talking to some of the Centennials who were present at its birth. That article is entitled "The Founding Fathers of Farb," and is located here.
A few more phrases
TBG ("Tubby Bearded Guy"): I coined this acronym a number of years ago, and now it seems to be catching on. Lest its origins become clouded and obscure I shall claim it as my invention right here and now. (My gift to future linguists!)
I first used the phrase in an article entitled "Dining Tips for Reenactors" in a July 1991 issue of my unit's newsletter: "Try to avoid looking at the tubby bearded guy across the campfire plopping his #20 can of Dinty Moore stew into his pot." In June 1994 I had coined the acronym to CCG editor Grant MacMeans in a letter, and since it was used by Jack Barth in his article about reenacting in the March 1996 issue of Outside magazine ("The Red Badge of Make-Believe Courage"), it's now national!
FIRPER: Another one you might hear in the future is "FIRPER," or "first person." Mal Stylo coined this one in a unit newsletter in August 1990, and I've seen it catching on as well. Mal Stylo, Viet Nam war sailor, has been using naval contractions in articles - and I've been editing them out - for a number of years, but this one seems to have a life of its own.
Virtual Regiment: By the way, Grant MacMeans may dispute this, but I'm pretty sure I originally coined the term "Virtual Regiment" (to describe online reenactors). This was in 1994, when I was encouraging him to get online.