Which brings me to the term 'gunnie'. I don't like it. It is too cutsie and way too easy to confuse with the term Gunny, a disservice to the Marines of that rank. I prefer to think of myself as a proud member of the Hoplorati. 'Hoplite' would due too since it actually means "man of arms" or "man with a shield", but I can understand people not wanting to be mistaken as a citizen soldier of an ancient Greek army, which is still more preferable (and less likely) than being mistaken for a non-commissioned officer in the modern Marine Corps.
hop-lo-ra-ti [ hop-loh-rah-tee ]
plural noun, singular -to [ toh ]
- persons possessing, or claiming to possess, superior firearms and modern self-defense enlightenment.
- a name given to different pundits or bloggers because of their claim to superior firearms and modern self-defense enlightenment.