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batman

an officer's personal servant in the British armed forces

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STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

"The campaign was doomed from the outset. If it wasn't for my BATMAN, Murray, I have no doubt that I should have been counted in the number dead."

Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #3

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batman
noun

- an officer's personal servant in the British armed forces mid-18th to early 20th century

- a character in an American comic strip and several films who secretly assumes a batlike costume in order to fight crime

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ORIGIN

mid 18th century (originally denoting an orderly in charge of the bat horse 'packhorse’ which carried the officer's baggage): from Old French bat (from medieval Latin bastum 'packsaddle’) + man

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Batman, the now iconic comic strip character, first appeared in 1939. With his faithful sidekick Robin (the Boy Wonder), Batman fights crime in Gotham City, foiling evil villains such as the Joker and the Riddler.

Superheroine Batwoman appeared in American comic books published by DC Comics in 1956, in which she was introduced as a love interest for Batman in order to combat the allegations of Batman's homosexuality arising from the controversial book Seduction of the Innocent.

In all incarnations, Batwoman is a wealthy heiress who becomes inspired by the superhero Batman and chooses, like him, to put her wealth and resources towards a war on crime as a masked vigilante in her home of Gotham City.

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TALKING POINT FOR TODAY

"Two hundred years after the original meaning of BATMAN as an officer's servant, technologists now predict that domestic servants will soon be available to us in the form of intelligent robots."


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