"Wet dry run" (1943)
Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Mon Jun 28 02:58:15 UTC 2004
By 1943, "a dry run" already meant "a practice run" (rather than "a run
without water being thrown", the earlier firefighters' sense).
So what would one call a practice run which included throwing water?
"A wet dry run"?
_Stars and Stripes_, 17 March 1943:
[AIr base crash team]
<<There aren't any brass poles, and no false alarms, but there is plenty of
authentic firehouse atmosphere around the place. Regularly the crash crews
go tearing out on a dry run; once in a while they empty the 400-gallon tank
on their truck in a wet dry run.>>
-- Doug Wilson
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