Words of the Vietnam War: The Slang, Jargon, Abbreviations, Acronyms, Nomenclature, Nicknames, Pseudonyms, Slogans, Specs, Euphemisms, Double-Talk, Chants, and Names and Places of the Era of United States Involvement in Vietnam

Words of the Vietnam War: The Slang, Jargon, Abbreviations, Acronyms, Nomenclature, Nicknames, Pseudonyms, Slogans, Specs, Euphemisms, Double-Talk, Chants, and Names and Places of the Era of United States Involvement in Vietnam

Words of the Vietnam War: The Slang, Jargon, Abbreviations, Acronyms, Nomenclature, Nicknames, Pseudonyms, Slogans, Specs, Euphemisms, Double-Talk, Chants, and Names and Places of the Era of United States Involvement in Vietnam

Words of the Vietnam War: The Slang, Jargon, Abbreviations, Acronyms, Nomenclature, Nicknames, Pseudonyms, Slogans, Specs, Euphemisms, Double-Talk, Chants, and Names and Places of the Era of United States Involvement in Vietnam

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

In this dictionary are about 10,000 entries (including see references), with more than 4,300 definitions. Two major sections of alphabetical (see page 1) and numerical (see page 572) listings contain the names of persons, places, events, terrain features; military installations, operations, units, equipment, specifications and weapons; euphemisms, slang, graffiti, acronyms, and abbreviations; and foreign words and phrases.Also included are words, slogans, and phrases from the antiwar, hippie, and civil rights movements of the late sixties. The entries range much further than just the foul mouthed slang of the grunts and the diplomatic double-talk of the United States' highest executives.

These are the words of an era, not just a war. A dictionary cannot answer the "how" or "why" questions about Vietnam, and the compiler has not tried to.Inevitably, however, a description of what the Vietnam War era was does come through the words of its soldiers, leaders, opponents, and victims.The words touch upon all the participants in the war from the GI in the field to the REMFs to the protesters on campus to the Chinese advisors to the ROK Marines to the politicians to the Muong tribes of the Central Highlands.

The primary focus of this dictionary is the period of direct American involvement in Southeast Asia, from 1961 when United States advisors occupied South Vietnam, to the fall of Saigon in 1975. There are some entries nevertheless that reflect the linguistic situation as far back as 1945 and as far forward as the late 1980s.

My aim has been to compile a comprehensive dictionary of value to libraries, schools, educators, linguists, history buffs, the three million Americans who served in Vietnam, and those interested in military history or the nature of language.My research has involved hundreds of books, manuals, military reports, and recorded media. Interviews and contacts with veterans, antiwar activists, and personal experience have added to the accuracy of this collection.

The format of each entry herein is the word, name, or phrase, followed by either the definition or where the definition is located within the book. Some definitions also include (in parentheses between the word and the definition) other words or acronyms which are synonymous with or related to the main word or phrase. Other entries related to the main word are listed as "See also" and are found at the end of the definition.

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