What have you bashi-bazouks done now?

Some context, for those of you who didn’t grow up reading Tintin: “Bashi-bazouk” was an insult that Captain Haddock often used…

The term bashi-bazouk is from Ottoman Turkish, and is generally used to mean “damaged head”. It’s a reference to the bashi-bazouks, who were irregulars in the Ottoman army, and who had a reputation for being out of control and robbing civilians.

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Thanks to Nic Pouliot for the find!

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