Paul Dickson

War Slang

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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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678 printed pages
Original publication
2014

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