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Old March 17, 2013, 10:21 PM   #47
Art Eatman
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From Wikipedia: "The verb "to snipe" originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a "sniper".[2] The term sniper was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word "sharpshooter".[2]"

There obviously has been some evolutionary change in usage during the decades.
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