Book on Vietnam War Slang

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 10 13:02:12 UTC 2014

Never heard of it. Who is "we"?

I'd like to know what "chemical agent" used in Vietnam actually had that


On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at>

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> For those interested in war slang, here's the title of a recently
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>  book: _Vietnam War Slang_, by slang researcher Tom Dalzell and published
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> y Routledge.  I believe it's the most comprehensive compilation of
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> l on the topic thus far.=20
> I'll cite just one item of interest (selected at random):
> "HOWDY DOODY (nn.)  -- an unspecified chemical agent. US.
> I've found out that those other men were drenched by a chemical spray
> we called Howdy Doody -- because it made you stiffen up and jerk=20
> like you were hanging on strings.--- [source of quote]: Robert R. McCammon,
> Blue World, p. 81, 1991."
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