The Pond

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The Pond is an informal term primarily for the Atlantic Ocean.

The term, probably originating in the British North American colonies, is found from the mid-17th century in the form big pond, great pond or herring-pond but during the Vietnam War was used by US servicemen to refer to the Pacific Ocean as well. [1][2][3] lists the expression as a British English idiom[4] and wiseGEEK lists it as primarily a British idiom.[5]

It may also refer to:

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  1. ^ America's Army and the Language of Grunts: Understanding the Army Lingo Legacy. E. Kelly Taylor. AuthorHouse, 12 Nov 2009
  2. ^ A Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English: Abridged from the Seven-volume Work, Entitled "Slang and Its Analogues". John S. Farmer, William Ernest Henley. Taylor & Francis, 1927
  3. ^ The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor Routledge, 1 Nov 2007
  4. ^ "Idiom: Across the pond". 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "What Does "across the Pond" Mean?". Conjecture Corporation. 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 'Although “across the pond” is primarily a British idiom used in reference to the United Kingdom and the United States, the phrase can also refer to Canada.'