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

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Few areas of human endeavor have produced more—or more colorful—terms than has the military. Soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen have over centuries come up with words, phrases, and acronyms to express everything from raw emotion to complex technology. The military is both a distinctive way of life and a community, and a command of its slang is essential to admission to full membership within the group.

Most military slang is almost always familiar only to the troops. Mating mosquitoes, for example, refers to the two-chevron insignia of the Army corporal. Gadget describes an enlisted man or woman who is temporarily promoted to a position of increased responsibility to fill an urgent need, while a panty raid is a foray into enemy territory for the purpose of gathering evidence of adversary activity.

Among the less delicate entries are the day the eagle shits, or payday, and skimmer puke, a submariner’s term for any surface ship sailor. (And then there’s the book’s title, the acronym for What The F-ck).

Many elements of military vocabulary have become part of our national speech: John Wayne, boondocks, attaboy, and hot dog. But whether the words and phrases are the exclusive property of our fighting men and women or are also in general use, the “real” language of the modern military set forth in this lively book embodies a uniquely American attitude and an exuberantly colloquial, unwaveringly honest, and enduringly American grace under pressure.
 

About Alan Axelrod

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Alan Axelrod was born on August 25, 1952, in New York. He was educated at Northeastern Illinois University and University of Iowa. He is a leading writer about American history, and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to American History. In his books, Axelrod presents the facts, details, and faces that have helped shape the history of the United States. Axelrod has served as a consultant to several museums and institutions. He has received numerous honors, including a National Cowboy Hall of Fame Award in 1991.
 
Published June 1, 2013 by Skyhorse Publishing. 240 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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Axelrod, a prolific writer on military topics, tours modern military slang via six topical chapters, including "Cake Eaters and Chicken Guts." As the author acknowledges, the sources for some of his entries are from "official" authorities such as th

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: The Re...

Axelrod, a prolific writer on military topics, tours modern military slang via six topical chapters, including "Cake Eaters and Chicken Guts." As the author acknowledges, the sources for some of his entries are from "official" authorities such as th

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: The Re...

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