Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Fri Jul 9 15:24:17 UTC 2004

It certainly isn't well-known to me.  I read the same quote and was puzzled
at his use of the word.  If it's an acronym, why wasn't it uppercased?
That would have given me a clue.

Peter Mc.

--On Friday, July 9, 2004 1:26 AM -0400 "Douglas G. Wilson"
<douglas at NB.NET> wrote:

> Here from AP ...
> http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040708/D83MSLSG2.html
> ... is the word "wag":
> <<Anthony Cordesman, an Iraq analyst with the Center for Strategic and
> International Studies, said the figure of 5,000 insurgents "was never more
> than a wag and is now clearly ridiculous.">>
> I believe I recognize it as an acronym for "wild ass[ed] guess". But is it
> well-known to all, so that it need not be defined/explained in the
> article?
> Is it in any dictionary?
> Should it be?
> -- Doug Wilson

Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
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