Words of the Vietnam War

Words of the Vietnam War
Author: Gregory R. Clark
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 624
Release: 1990
Genre: Americanisms
ISBN:

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Cu Chi, (body bag), Shit-hook (Chinook helicopter), dink (Vietnamese slang for a G.I.), slope (G.I. slang for a Vietnamese), hose (kill), boom-boom (what's done in a tapioca mill, or whorehouse), Mike-Juliet (marijuana), pogey bait, DO-28, C-2A, L Zed (Aussie for landing zone), rat-turds (oak leaf clusters), thousand yard stare, Samozaryadnyi karabin (Soviet rifle), guerre a outrance (French war to the end--the viewpoint of the North): these and the 10,000 others in this dictionary are the words of the Vietnam era. They were spoken by ground pounders in the boonies and by peaceniks on U.S. campuses, by hawks, doves, Victor Charlies and hoi chanhs, Chinese advisors and the Muong people of the Central Highlands. The period covered is primarily 1963-1975, but there are terms included from as early as 1945 and as late as 1987.

Vietnam War Slang

Vietnam War Slang
Author: Tom Dalzell
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 365
Release: 2014-07-25
Genre: Foreign Language Study
ISBN: 1317661869

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In 2014, the US marks the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, the basis for the Johnson administration’s escalation of American military involvement in Southeast Asia and war against North Vietnam. Vietnam War Slang outlines the context behind the slang used by members of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. Troops facing and inflicting death display a high degree of linguistic creativity. Vietnam was the last American war fought by an army with conscripts, and their involuntary participation in the war added a dimension to the language. War has always been an incubator for slang; it is brutal, and brutality demands a vocabulary to describe what we don’t encounter in peacetime civilian life. Furthermore, such language serves to create an intense bond between comrades in the armed forces, helping them to support the heavy burdens of war. The troops in Vietnam faced the usual demands of war, as well as several that were unique to Vietnam – a murky political basis for the war, widespread corruption in the ruling government, untraditional guerilla warfare, an unpredictable civilian population in Vietnam, and a growing lack of popular support for the war back in the US. For all these reasons, the language of those who fought in Vietnam was a vivid reflection of life in wartime. Vietnam War Slang lays out the definitive record of the lexicon of Americans who fought in the Vietnam War. Assuming no prior knowledge, it presents around 2000 headwords, with each entry divided into sections giving parts of speech, definitions, glosses, the countries of origin, dates of earliest known citations, and citations. It will be an essential resource for Vietnam veterans and their families, students and readers of history, and anyone interested in the principles underpinning the development of slang.

Grunt Slang in Vietnam

Grunt Slang in Vietnam
Author: Gordon L. Rottman
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2020-02-04
Genre: History
ISBN: 1504061705

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A look at how combat, culture, and military tradition influenced soldiers’ language in Vietnam from the award-winning, USA Today–bestselling author. The slang, or unique vocabulary, of the soldiers and marines serving in Vietnam, was a mishmash of words and phrases whose origins reached back to the Korean War, World War II, and even earlier. Additionally, it was influenced by the United States’ rapidly changing protest culture, ideological and poetical doctrine, ethical and cultural conflicts, racialism, and drug culture. This “slanguage” was rendered even more complex by the Pidgin Vietnamese-English spoken by Americans and Vietnamese alike. But perhaps most importantly, it reflected the soldiers’ actual daily lives, played out in the jungles, swamps, and hills of Vietnam.

Marine Down Corpsman Up

Marine Down  Corpsman Up
Author: Ron Mosbaugh
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2018-08-29
Genre: History
ISBN: 1546257284

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The author, a highly decorated sailor, relates the history of his thirteen-month tour of duty in wartime Vietnam in 19661967. He, embedded within the Marine Corps, tells about treating the wounded while exposed to live-fire conditions on everything from squad-size patrols to company-size missions. The author also relates how he fulfilled his responsibility for the marines health in camp; he was often the only medical person within miles. He describes the procedures for getting the wounded aboard a helicopter and transferred to a field hospital. Added to his responsibilities was caring for civilians as the United States tried to win the hearts of the Vietnamese people. He even had to treat a wounded Vietnamese who was still wearing the bandage he got from a prior skirmish with the Americans. Of equal interest to the author are the effects of battle not only on the warrior at the time but also in his life after military service. PTSD even affected this corpsman, and he suffers from itboth inpatient and outpatient experiences. Nineteen years old at the time of the war, he describes how quickly youth and social behavior are lost in combat. The author tells his story in fresh, readable prose and does not lose the reader in the actions of higher authority. He gives personal statements in a short reflection at the end of each chapter.

Slang and Jargon of the Vietnam War

Slang and Jargon of the Vietnam War
Author: Steven B. Rumsey
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 264
Release: 1985
Genre: Jargon (Terminology)
ISBN:

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War Slang

War Slang
Author: Paul Dickson
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 466
Release: 2014-08-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 0486797163

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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.

Vietnam War Slang

Vietnam War Slang
Author: Tom Dalzell
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 174
Release: 2014-07-25
Genre: Foreign Language Study
ISBN: 1317661877

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In 2014, the US marks the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, the basis for the Johnson administration’s escalation of American military involvement in Southeast Asia and war against North Vietnam. Vietnam War Slang outlines the context behind the slang used by members of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. Troops facing and inflicting death display a high degree of linguistic creativity. Vietnam was the last American war fought by an army with conscripts, and their involuntary participation in the war added a dimension to the language. War has always been an incubator for slang; it is brutal, and brutality demands a vocabulary to describe what we don’t encounter in peacetime civilian life. Furthermore, such language serves to create an intense bond between comrades in the armed forces, helping them to support the heavy burdens of war. The troops in Vietnam faced the usual demands of war, as well as several that were unique to Vietnam – a murky political basis for the war, widespread corruption in the ruling government, untraditional guerilla warfare, an unpredictable civilian population in Vietnam, and a growing lack of popular support for the war back in the US. For all these reasons, the language of those who fought in Vietnam was a vivid reflection of life in wartime. Vietnam War Slang lays out the definitive record of the lexicon of Americans who fought in the Vietnam War. Assuming no prior knowledge, it presents around 2000 headwords, with each entry divided into sections giving parts of speech, definitions, glosses, the countries of origin, dates of earliest known citations, and citations. It will be an essential resource for Vietnam veterans and their families, students and readers of history, and anyone interested in the principles underpinning the development of slang.

War Slang

War Slang
Author: Paul Dickson
Publsiher: Beyond Words/Atria Books
Total Pages: 424
Release: 1994
Genre: Americanisms
ISBN:

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Dickson -- the country's foremost authority on American slang and author of the critically acclaimed Slang! -- offers the first comprehensive collection of fighting words and phrases used by Americans at war. Arranged war by war, this definitive dictionary reveals military slang at its most colorful, innovative, brutal, and ironic -- and shows how language mirrors the unique experience of each war. Dickson's brief but carefully thought-out informal introductions to each section help define the flavor of the period. "An excellent compilation." An A-1 blockbuster of a book." Recommended by William Safire in his New York Times Magazine column.

Vietnam The War Zone Dictionary in Their Own Words

Vietnam  The War Zone Dictionary in Their Own Words
Author: Sharon O. Lightholder
Publsiher: Albedo Press
Total Pages: 630
Release: 2015-11-19
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 9780578171364

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VIETNAM - THE WAR ZONE DICTIONARY IN THEIR OWN WORDS is the first reference to combine the official terms formally adopted by the United States Department of Defense and its allies in NATO, SEATO, CENTO, and IADB with the unofficial slang, abbreviations, radio codes, pro-codes, hospital jargon, weapon abbreviations, acronyms, euphemisms, and commonly used foreign words and phrases used by the men and women who were there. With over 9,800 entries, this is the only source-defined reference to the linguistic complexity of the Vietnam War. Suited for the historian, linguist, genealogist and armchair reader, it is both a reference and a time capsule of that era. It is an uncensored, unauthorized, and vibrant collection reflecting the complexity of official terms, the primal urgency of the unofficial language, and the adaptations of the English language to new technology, military, and social challenges. Collected and curated by Sharon O. Lightholder, attorney and author, each slang entry was subjected to a verification process by someone from the war zone before inclusion. Each official entry was secured from unclassified documents. Decades in the making, it will serve the test of time and speak clearly from the past into the future. This reference is an important addition to any academic library and history department as well as serving the needs of the general reader interested in the Vietnam War. It offers a new and meaningful contribution to the scholarship of the Vietnam era.

Vietnam War Dictionary

Vietnam War Dictionary
Author: Douglas Pike
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 272
Release: 1989
Genre: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
ISBN:

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Military Slang

Military Slang
Author: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 24
Release: 1976
Genre: Soldiers
ISBN:

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Diggerspeak

Diggerspeak
Author: Amanda Laugesen
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2005
Genre: History
ISBN:

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A collection of words used by Australians at war - a dictionary complete with information about meaning, origins and usage. Rather than a collection of military slang, it focuses on words used by ordinary Australians during wartime and demonstrates how wars have contributed to the development of Australian English.

War Slang

War Slang
Author: Paul Dickson
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 428
Release: 2007
Genre: Americanisms
ISBN: 9780884864073

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FUBAR F ed Up Beyond All Recognition

FUBAR F   ed Up Beyond All Recognition
Author: Gordon L. Rottman
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2011-01-01
Genre: Technology & Engineering
ISBN: 1849086532

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The soldier slang of World War II was as colourful as it was evocative. It could be insulting, pessimistic, witty, and even defeatist. From 'spam bashers' to 'passion wagons' and 'roof pigs' to 'Hell's Ladies,' the World War II fighting man was never short of words to describe the people and events in his life. F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition takes a frank look at the British, Commonwealth, American, German, Japanese and Russian slang used by the men on the ground, and shows how, even in the heat of battle, they somehow managed to retain their sense of humour, black though it might have been.

A Dictionary of Soldier Talk

A Dictionary of Soldier Talk
Author: John Robert Elting
Publsiher: Macmillan Reference USA
Total Pages: 410
Release: 1984
Genre: Military art and science
ISBN:

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""A dictionary of soldier talk" is an uncensored compendium of one of the more colorful American idioms -- that spoken by the men and women of the United States Armed Forces ...from the Revolution to the Vietnam War ... Acronyms, oaths, abbreviations, technical terms and slang expressions are all defined and an appendix of terms unique to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps is included ..." -- Inside front cover.

Odyssey of an Innocent

Odyssey of an Innocent
Author: kerry Heubeck
Publsiher: Trafford Publishing
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2011-05-25
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1426986211

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Before Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) came into the vernacular, a child-soldier returns home from a distant war, believing himself unscathed. Yet the beauty, the dark humor, the lunacyand the horror of his experiences there continue haunt him. He is no longer able to make sense of the world; no job or relationship can hold him...he has to keep moving! In his third Vietnam book, Kerry Heubeck reaches into personal depths, traversing foreign lands and emotions, seeking answers to unnamable questions. He encounters the prophesies of a seeress, the healing salve of nature and the wisdom of Monkey. From that Oriental Trickster, he learns that if he is to quiet the sirens that drew him into this quest, he must return to that land ravished by war. Heubecks odyssey through the Land of the Dragon brings a glimpse of the serenity he seeks. It also draws the reader into an unforgettable adventure during a harrowing moment of this planets history.

FUBAR

FUBAR
Author: Gordon Rottman
Publsiher: Chartwell Books
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2017-03-13
Genre: History
ISBN: 0785835318

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"F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition takes a frank look at the slang used by men on the ground and shows how they managed to retain their sense of humor, black though it may have been."--Page 4 of cover