Letters, Nov. 2, 1942

Philology Among the Marines


I was very interested in your article in the Oct. 5 issue of TIME on Jap v. Marine struggle for the Solomon Islands. Only one thing puzzled me, and that is when the Japs broke into the clearing shouting "Banzai!" what did they mean ? Three marines were discussing the situation tonight after dinner. One suggested it meant "Screeno!" and another thought it meant "Backgammon!" and the last thought the Jap might possibly have meant "Where's the head?" Do you think you could settle this dispute ?

H. P....

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