Word Ways


John McClellan


We may as well say straight out that this article deals with an unfortunate juxtaposition of two phrases in many of our dictionaries: Camp Fire Girl and Camp Follower. We have put considerable thought on the wisdom of writing this piece, for the subject of Camp Followers may be somewhat taboo in certain quarters, if not actually X-rated. But the fact remains: Camp Follower does follow Camp Fire Girl in a number of dictionaries, and in the ones in which it does not, another questionable phrase may be inserted which does little to help the matter.