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What is a booby in booby-trap?

Question

Booby-trap - what is a booby and why is it so-called?
Steve, Epsom

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Nick, London
Qualification: Ex-Military trainer who was constantly asked this question
Answer: A booby is a bird, frequenting the sea, which is good to eat. Pirates and sailors used to set traps to catch the booby and hence they became known as booby-traps.

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