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Tip of the Day 12/20:Swag

In this week’s post for Geo-Jargon Monday,we’ll discuss swag.

Swag is…

Not exclusive to geocaching. Contrary to popular thought,swag is not an acronym,nor is it a recently invented term. The word has been around for several centuries. It has a number of meanings,but the one utilized in geocaching stems from “swag”as referring to stolen or plundered loot. In more modern times,it’s come to mean free promotional items,like those you might get at a trade fair or an expo. Because of this,in a bit of creative reverse-etymology,people have come to say that it’s an acronym for “Stuff We All Get,”which is clever,but wrong. In geocaching,“swag”just means the trade items found in a cache or things that could be used as trade items.

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Thanks to Prime Suspect and his GeoLex,the Lexicon for Geocaching,for the use of these fantastic definitions of all things geocaching!

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