Embrace the Suck

Bombardier Books
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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.

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About the author

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 and is a contributing editor at StrategyPage.com. He has written for The Wall Street JournalThe 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 1970s. A graduate of Rice University, he has a PhD from Columbia University. He lives in Austin, Texas. 

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Publisher
Bombardier Books
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Published on
Jan 9, 2018
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Pages
97
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ISBN
9781682614969
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Military / United States
Humor / Form / Anecdotes & Quotations
Reference / Word Lists
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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