Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: The Real Language of the Modern by Alan Axelrod

By Alan Axelrod

Few parts of human exercise have produced more—or extra colorful—terms than has the army. infantrymen, sailors, marines, and airmen have over centuries get a hold of phrases, words, and acronyms to specific every little thing from uncooked emotion to advanced know-how. the army is either a particular lifestyle and a neighborhood, and a command of its slang is key to admission to complete club in the group.

Most army slang is nearly consistently ordinary in basic terms to the troops. Mating mosquitoes, for instance, refers back to the two-chevron insignia of the military corporal. Gadget describes an enlisted individual who's briefly promoted to a place of elevated accountability to fill an pressing want, whereas a panty raid is a foray into enemy territory for the aim of accumulating proof of adversary activity.

Among the fewer smooth entries are the day the eagle shits, or payday, and skimmer puke, a submariner’s time period for any floor send sailor. (And then there’s the book’s name, the acronym for What The F-ck).

Many components of army vocabulary became a part of our nationwide speech: John Wayne, boondocks, attaboy, and hot dog. yet no matter if the phrases and words are the specific estate of our scuffling with women and men or also are normally use, the “real” language of the fashionable army set forth during this vigorous publication embodies a uniquely American perspective and an exuberantly colloquial, unwaveringly sincere, and enduringly American grace stressed.

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22 For their part, the United States Coal 39 authorities in Germany were willing to release 60 000 tons from stocks in their zone, bypassing the usual allocation procedure in favour of a direct transfer of this quantity to France. 23 This did not, however, meet with the approval of the British, who were prepared to deplete stocks in their own zone by 100 000 tons, but felt that the total amount from both zones should be considered as a loan to the ECO, repayable from future deliveries when the situation improved.

The corollary of this basic conviction was that Anglo-French economic co-operation must necessarily encompass an agreement on a common position with respect to the curtailment of Germany's considerable industrial potential. This view was forcefully put by Herve Alphand, Director General of Economic Affairs at the Quai d'Orsay, in a memorandum handed to Sir Mark Turner of the Control Office for Germany and Austria one week after the close of the Paris talks. 1 It was emphasised that a prime concern of the French was the German steel industry, and Alphand pursued this point the following week in conversation with British officials: 'On steel, Alphand said that there were two parts to the subject, firstly the level of the German -steel industry and, secondly, the allocation of steel capacity among the countries of Europe.

Given sufficient supplies France could take advantage of the period of quadripartite control over Germany to acquire at least a headstart in re-equipment and modernisation and to establish markets for the increased output of her industries. From the point of view of France the worst possible scenario was one in which a resurgent German industry enjoyed the full benefit of large indigenous fuel supplies while French blast-furnaces and factories marked time on a restricted regime. In avoiding this ruinous state of affairs British support was crucial and could be brought to bear at a number of points.

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