slight antedating: "million-dollar wound"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 16 19:18:47 UTC 2014

OED: Feb., 1945.

1944 in _Augusta [Ga.] Chronicle_  (Jan. 1, 1945) 1: WITH AMERICAN TROOPS
IN BELGIUM... "It's nothing much. Just a hunka shrapnel. We call that the
million-dollar wound up here. It doesn't kill you, but it gets you out of
the foxholes for a bit."


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

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