[Ads-l] DEFCON figurative

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Thu Feb 16 12:09:44 EST 2017


"WarGames" is more a literal usage, though, and the OED has cites for that back to the 1950s.

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> The Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy cold-war film, Wargames, released May 1983, about a computer blindly leading the US to the brink
> of nuclear war, features the plot element of raising the level of defense readiness from DEFCON 4 to 3, 2 and eventually DEFCON 1.
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> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHBqJj0znYo
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> OED  has 1987
> " 2. fig. With following number: a notional scale (from one to five; see note at sense 1) indicating the level of intensity, anticipation,
> readiness, vigilance, etc., in a particular context or situation. Esp. in Defcon 1: the highest possible level of intensity, anticipation, etc."
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> Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 29 Aug 1984 p 14 col 2 "The Panthers spent yesterday converting to DEFCON 2.  Defense condition 2 calls for a
> shower of compliments aimed and the enemy to neutralize his adrenaline."
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