Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Wed Nov 30 16:58:07 UTC 2005
Reviving an old topic with a new antedating. . . .
"Personal Notes" Wisconsin | Wisconsin Rapids | Wisconsin Rapids Daily
Tribune | 1947-03-27 page 8 col 3.
"Clussman also stopped in South America and on the way back to the
states, his ship stopped at Gitmo Bay, Cuba, to join several destroyers
on maneuvers. "
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society
> [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Jonathan Lighter
> Sent: Monday, May 30, 2005 8:43 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: gitmo
> I've been trying to beat 1959 for years, Bill. Is there any
> chance that this is a false hit ?
> FWIW, the nickname was fully current during the Cuban Missile
> Crisis in 1962.
> "Mullins, Bill" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:
>> Gitmo -- not in OED -- HDAS has 1959 -- (Navy) slang for
>> Guantanamo Bay
>> "Home on Leave" Indiana, PA _Indiana Evening Gazette_
>> 1949-08-26, p. 8 = col 3.
>> "Before coming home, Midshipman Balint went on a summer
>> cruise for seven = and one-half weeks with a week's stopover
>> in England and several weeks in Gitmo, Cuba."
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