What Does the Saying “Down In the Boondocks” Mean and Where Did the Idiom Come From?

The phrase “The boondocks” refers to an isolated, unsophisticated rural region.

Although it’s been used in England since 1909, American Marines stationed in the Philippines during the Second World War popularized the term.

A bundok, in the primary language of the Philippines, is a mountain.

The word became entrenched in the English language when it was rediscovered during the 1960s by American soldiers in Vietnam.

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