JURAMENTADO

August 13, 2015

Juramentado, popular in the lexicon of Americans in the Philippines, comes from the Spanish word juramentar, to swear. Its cute coinage, origin the Philippines, is from Spanish priests, who came up with the term in dealing with their Moro problem, the Muslim population in the south whom neither Spain nor America broke (or even the current Philippine government for that matter, but that story belongs in a different book). Juramentados were Moros sworn to kill Christians invading their Moro lands, hence, juramentados were all Muslims, according to the priests. A similar misapplication arises with the term jihadist.

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