collateral damage

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 5 00:40:13 UTC 2010

This quote would not be of much interest except that it may have been the
first time an international TV audience had been exposed to the phrase.

1973 _The World at War_ (BBC TV) (Episode 24): You just couldn't avoid doing
a lot of collateral damage to civilian areas.

The speaker is Gen. Curtis LeMay, commenting on the bombing of Japan in


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society -

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