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Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis

The Military Origins of Everyday Words and Phrases

Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis by Graeme Donald
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Did you know they started 'hearing through the grapevine' during the American Civil War, that 'ghettos' originated in Venice or that 'deadline' has a very sinister origin? Jam-packed with many amazing facts, Fighting Talk is a fascinating trip through the words and phrases that came to us from the military but nowadays are used by soldier and civilian alike. The sources of many are surprising and their original use is often far removed from that of today.

From 'duds' to 'freelancers' and 'morris dancing' to 'bikini' this enthralling book describes the military origins of words and phrases that we use on a daily basis.

Osprey Publishing Ltd; May 2013
ISBN 9781472803917
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Title: Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis
Author: Graeme Donald

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