Submariner [was "thousand-yard stare"] (UNCLASSIFIED)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 2 00:55:03 UTC 2010

At 8:38 PM -0400 8/1/10, Mark Mandel wrote:
>I have a pair of Dockers brand pants, less than a year old, that have "ONE
>LEG AT A TIME" printed in red letters an inch high on the inside of the
>waistband, right front.
>m a m

Not quite rising to the level of the apocryphal Coke bottles in (pick
a country) with the legend on the bottom reading "OPEN OTHER END",


>On Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 3:59 PM, Dave Wilton <dave at> wrote:
>>  I remember a manual for US Army chemical officers (officers, not enlisted)
>>  that detailed all the tasks that a chemical officer needed to know. The one
>>  for donning chemical protective gear included instructions such as "put on
>>  pants one leg at a time, fly facing front." The only non-intuitive step in
>>  the task that actually required some instruction was lacing the chemical
>>  protective overboots--which were not like standard boots--and the
>>  instruction for that was simply "lace boots."
>>  I'm convinced it was written by a captain who had been passed over for
>>  promotion and was exacting a bit of revenge.
>The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

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