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Swear Like a Trooper: A Dictionary of Military Terms & Phrases

Priest, William

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ISBN 10: 1883522137 / ISBN 13: 9781883522131
Published by Rockbridge Pub Co, 2000
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Errata slip tipped onto contents page. Inscribed and SIGNED by William Priest on the title page. The volume is lightly bumped on the spine ends and there is a small indentation on the front panel. The unclipped dust jacket, sleeved in mylar, has trace edge wear and a small indentation on the front panel corresponding to the one on the book. Bookseller Inventory # 16031512

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Title: Swear Like a Trooper: A Dictionary of ...

Publisher: Rockbridge Pub Co

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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For the armchair linguist or the military historian, this is a comprehensive compilation of military lingo from Hannibal to Hanoi. William Priest traces the evolution of each term or phrase as it moves from its point of origin to other branches of service and into foreign countries. For instance, in the 19th century a "swab" was a mop made from condemned rope; however, it was also the sailor's slang for naval officer, from the shoulder epaulets (a mop-like braid) that marked an officer's rank. At that time, to call a sailor a swab was one of the highest forms of insult; it was not until the 1880s that sailors were called swabs or swabbies (men who swab the decks) in general lingo. Examples such as these can be found throughout SWEAR LIKE A TROOPER.

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William L. Priest, a graduate of Towson State University in History and Social Studies, is a teacher with experience as a living historian aboard the U.S.S. Constellation in Baltimore Harbor. He performs annually at several maritime festivals.

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