Soda Straw

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Apr 5 02:05:06 UTC 2003

On Fri, 4 Apr 2003, Kathleen E. Miller wrote:

> What I would like to find is the origin of it's use meaning "narrow" as in
> the phrases, "soda straw snapshot", "soda straw effect" (earliest I've
> found Dow Jones 1998), and "soda straw view."

Nexis has the following from Defense Daily, Nov. 3, 1997:

       Using its high resolution video camera, the Lockheed Martin
[LMT] P-3 was to provide a "soda straw view" of moving targets and
identify those targets as friend or foe, said Lt. Cmdr. David Acton,
the intelligence officer for Amphibious Squadron 11.

Fred Shapiro

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