War Slang: American Fighting Words & Phrases Since the Civil War, Third Edition

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From the homegrown "boodle" of the 19th century to current "misunderstandistan" in the Middle East, America's foremost expert on slang reveals military lingo at its most colorful, innovative, brutal, and ironic. Author Paul Dickson introduces some of the "new words and phrases born of conflict, boredom, good humor, bad food, new technology, and the pure horror of war." This newly updated reference extends to the post-9/11 world and the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recommended by William ...
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From the homegrown "boodle" of the 19th century to current "misunderstandistan" in the Middle East, America's foremost expert on slang reveals military lingo at its most colorful, innovative, brutal, and ironic. Author Paul Dickson introduces some of the "new words and phrases born of conflict, boredom, good humor, bad food, new technology, and the pure horror of war." This newly updated reference extends to the post-9/11 world and the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recommended by William Safire in his "On Language" column of The New York Times, it features dictionary-style entries, arranged chronologically by conflict, with helpful introductions to each section and an index for convenient reference. 
"Paul Dickson is a national treasure who deserves a wide audience," declared Library Journal. The author of more than 50 books, Dickson has written extensively on language. This expanded edition of War Slang features new material by journalist Ben Lando, Iraq Bureau Chief for Iraq Oil Report and a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and Time. It serves language lovers and military historians alike by adding an eloquent new dimension to our understanding of war. 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486477503
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 5/19/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 701,624
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Paul Dickson
Paul Dickson is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in such publications as Esquire, Smithsonian, and Playboy. He is the author of over 40 books, including The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Slang!, and Sputnik: The Shock of the Century. He lives in Garrett Park, Maryland.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Dover Edition vii

Introduction: Fire Cakes ix

1 Civil And Uncivil Words 1

War Slang Before the Great War: From the War Between the States Through the War with Spain

2 World War I: Over There and Over the Top 35

Terms That Came Up from the Trenches; Down from the Dogfight

3 The Many Words of World War II 113

G.I.'s, Jeeps, Kilroy, and V-Signs from Two Theaters of War

4 The Code of the Korean Conflict 234

A Few Words from World War 2½

5 Vietnam Vocab 259

Out of the Jungles of Southeast Asia

6 A Gulf Glossary 298

Grains of "Sandspeak" from the War That Was on Every Channel

7 Doomsday's Dictionary 334

Verbal Fallout from Nukes, the Cold War (1946-1991), and the Puzzle Palace

8 Terms for a Time of Terror 371

New Words for the Post-9/11 World and the Iraq War

Supplementary Glossary 392

Index of Defined Words and Phrases 401

Supplementary Index 437

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