The Press: Oinc, Moinc, Soinc

The puckish Washington Post has never liked the way the Navy writes English. Latest Post objection to Navy language: "the vice of agglutination" ("a practice which consists of taking anywhere from three to a half-dozen good, sound English words and combining them into a single misshapen word").

Explained the Post: "Thus a noble old phrase like 'bill of lading' has become 'blading.' A fine sonorous mouthful like 'duty outside the continental limits of the United States' is brutally cut down to 'dutout' and a pulse-quickening designation like 'commander escort carrier force, Pacific fleet' becomes a vulgar 'comescarpac,' which sounds like a very...

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