Uncle Sugar Rorschach

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 27 00:44:09 UTC 2014

On Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>wrote:

> The HDAS Vault shows, of course, that "Uncle Sugar" is a WW2 synonym for
> "the United States or the federal government" that has nothing to do with
> race or sex. "Uncle Sugar Able" was also in use: because these were the
> names of the letters in the old military "phonetic" alphabet adopted in
> 1941.

Preach, Jon!

OTOH, that this, once common knowledge, has now vanished from the ken of
mortal men *really* makes me feel old! :-(

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

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