Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
July 2024

A Ten Hut!

Originally published on May 3, 2010


Where did the common “military salute” get its start?


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8 guesses to A Ten Hut!

  • Roolstar

    Hat off?

  • Nope, but nice try.

  • Paul

    Isn’t it “ten hut” a shortened, shouted version of attention?

  • It’s possible, but not related to the riddle’s answer.

  • Dude

    Nope, keep trying.

  • Nanao Ise

    Was it from the medieval times, when knights would raise their visors (with their right hands) when seeing an approaching knight? I think it was if they were meeting a comrade, or to tell friend from foe…

  • Dude

    You are absolutely correct, Nanao Ise.

    According to modern military manuals, the modern western salute originated in the Middle Ages when knights who greeted each other raised their visors to show their faces, using a motion that resulted in what looks like a modern salute. Their helmets were equipped with protruding pins on the visors to allow the visors to be lifted using the saluting motion.

    Some historians believe it began in late Roman times when assassinations were common. A citizen who wanted to see a public official had to approach with his right hand raised to show that he did not hold a weapon.

    Nanao Ise, you are today’s winner.