Antedating of "Gung Ho"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Apr 12 20:00:44 UTC 2014

There is no mention of Carlson in the article.

Fred Shapiro

From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Jonathan Lighter [wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: Antedating of "Gung Ho"

"Gung ho," of course, never meant "work together" in Chinese. It meant
"work" plus "together."

If the article Fred cites has nothing to do with USMC Col. Evans Carlson it
would be quite a discovery.

HDAS has the story you won't find in the 1972 OED....


On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at>wrote:

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> gung ho (OED 1943)
> 1941 _China Weekly Review_ 19 Apr. 232 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
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> ere is a new battle cry in China today.  It is Gung-ho, and it means "Work
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> together!" ... Gung-ho is China's answer to invasion and blockage.  It is
> t=
> he slogan of the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives, which have created a
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> em of "guerrilla industry" to supply the fighting forces.
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