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Old 01-28-2012, 02:15 PM   #11
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Actually, the NATO name is Fagot, with one G. Its original meaning is a bundle of sticks, derived from the Roman fascis. You can see where it would become slang for cigarettes. It appears one or two Gs is interchangeably acceptable spelling. I doubt it was NATO's intention to use the term in its derogatory sense, although I'm sure Western pilots embraced that meaning.
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