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#31 12 years ago

Write heavy; write hard.

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#32 12 years ago
Anlushac11;4033061The story of GI...

I'm not quite ready to file that one away. I don't think there's any question that the generally accepted meaning of "G.I." in the context of WWII means "Government Issue". The Wiki you linked cites to one online source about word origins, which in turn cites one 1917 letter and a 1918 poem which seem to use the initials to mean "galvanized iron". Whatever its earliest meanings, there's no question that is not the meaning given to the initialization in WWII or today. Indeed, the online source goes on to say that by the end of WWI, "G.I." was being used to mean "government issue".

The defense rests. ;)



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#33 12 years ago

Ah ah I love those universal words coming from US military story NYLON that cheaply replaced silk for parachutes : Now You Loose Old Nippon General Purpose vehicle = G.P. turned into Jeep Grant at Appommatox, afraid of spelling "All Correct" not correctly on the surrendering document, writing just the initials of "Ol Korect"... feel free to correct me if you think there's some hoax in it :p


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#34 12 years ago

I thought Nylon meant New York and LONdon. For some reason.


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#35 12 years ago

yes, nylon is New York and London, after the locations where it was developed.

edit: although wikipedia says both are theories, and nobody knows which is correct!