DEFINITION gee-waht n: a Bush Administration acronym for the global war on terrorism

CONTEXT Republicans have affectionately embraced this shorthand post-9/11. The military began issuing GWOT medals. John Kerry made notable use of the phrase in his '04 nomination speech.

USAGE Woe is GW0T? At a recent debate, Brian Williams asked the eight Democratic presidential candidates to raise their hands if there "is such thing as a global war on terror." Clinton and Obama raised their hands. John Edwards was among those who did not. "This political language has created a frame that is not accurate and that Bush and his...

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