1913C. Pettman(tr. of N. Mansvelt’s Idioticon) inAfricanderisms 38Baar,..The word has come down from the days of the Dutch East India Company; the men who had seen considerable service were called Oorlammen (Mal. orang lami, old person), while the recruits were called Baren (Mal. orang baru, new hand). In India and also at the Military Academy at Breda the word seems to be used in the sense of green, inexperienced. In sailor language it also indicates a novice.
1919M. Greenleestr. ofO.F. Mentzel’s Life at Cape in Mid-18th C. 80In the end, between thirty and forty men, most of them baaren, being driven to it by hunger and distress, made a plot together and planned to desert.
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