Mae West and the Military

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 29 21:17:33 UTC 2009

W.R.T. the discussion of "edge" -> "age", I don't suppose "bale out"
counts as an eggcorn.

Mark Mandel

On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 11:19 AM, Carter Rila <elcutachero at> wrote:

> A "Mae West" is a Navy nick-name for a yellow-colored inflatable flotation =
> vest worn during WWII by naval aviators. Once you bale out or ditch you pul=
> l a cord and CO2 cartridges pop it open or if it deflated there is a breath=
>  tube. Among others our ex-executive George H.W. Bush owes his life to a Ma=
> e West.
> El Cutachero

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