in the suck

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 3 20:19:04 UTC 2010

On Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 1:06 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:

> Six-By's

Sadly, the volume of HDAS containing this term hasn't yet appeared.

However, as an ex-GI and not an ex-marine/ex-Marine, I was much more
interested in what HDAS has for _deuce-and-a-half_. It was surprising
to see that the term goes back to the '40's *in print*! Until I was
actually *in* the Army a dekkid-and-half later, I was totally unaware
of its existence, though _six-by_ had long been an old friend found in
various writings about The War. IIAC, ME, _six-by_ is totally obsolete
in Army jargon.

OTOH, it's weird that, judging by HDAS's quotes, "old Army guys" (a
catch-phrase used by a Language- School teacher proud of his own
service in the Russian - as opposed to the *Soviet* - Army and wanting
to hook up with his students), still felt the need to define
"deuce-and-a-half" for outsiders at least down into the '90's.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list