Embrace the Suck (Paperback)

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Embrace the Suck (Paperback)


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MILSPEAK: Slang for military jargon, troop idioms, and Pentagonese. The perfect gift for anyone who is in the military, veterans, or who plans to serve.

Members of America’s armed forces have their own distinctive language: milspeak. Especially since WWII, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines have invented and adapted their own slang vocabularies, creating a colorful insider’s lingo of bureaucratic buzzwords, acronyms, mock jargon, dark humor, and outright profanity. Milspeak gives a unique and touching insight into military life from basic training to the trenches; from the flightdeck to the cockpit.

This comprehensive field manual, complete with descriptive and humorous illustrations, includes more than 500 colorful entries including: 

Voluntold: Derisive slang for “I was ordered to volunteer.” 

Back to the taxpayers: Navy slang for where a wrecked aircraft gets sent. 

Dome of obedience: Slang for a military helmet. Also called a brain bucket or Skid Lid. 

Echelons above reality: Higher headquarters where no one has an idea about what is really happening. 

Embrace the suck: The situation is bad, deal with it. 

Embrace the Suck is the perfect gift for the soldier, sailor, marine, or airman in your life—or for the Beltway Clerk* who yearns to speak like one.  
*Derisive term for a Washington political operative or civilian political hatchet man. May refer to so-called “Washington defense experts” who’ve never served in the armed forces. 
Austin Bay is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and coauthor of A Quick & Dirty Guide to War. He has written extensively on current military affairs, and has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Fox News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNBC, and Nightline. Bay writes a weekly international affairs column for Creators Syndicate, is a contributing editor at StrategyPage.com. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, the New York Observer, and other publications. Bay served most recently with Headquarters, Multi-National Corps in Iraq in 2004. He was on active duty during Operation Desert Storm and served in Germany in the 1970's. A graduate of Rice University, he has a PhD from Columbia University. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Product Details ISBN: 9781682614952
ISBN-10: 1682614956
Publisher: Bombardier Books
Publication Date: January 9th, 2018
Pages: 112
Language: English