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Michael H Covarrubias mcovarru at PURDUE.EDU
Sat Jan 12 18:29:25 UTC 2008

> Paul Johnson wrote:
> On the H-war List I have seen a question regarding the military phrase
> "Danger Close"  is there a name for convoluted phrases like this or
> "Date Certain"?   "Close to danger" and "a certain date" seem, to my
> ears, both clearer in meaning and more pleasing to the ear.

How do you feel about 'Mission: Impossible'?

Somehow 'An impossible mission' just doesn't pop.


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