The Press: The Future of Doubletalk

The Washington Post, its tongue in cheek, continued its forlorn-hope battle to keep the American tongue in check. Ignoring, for the moment, its favorite enemies (the chairborne Washington officials who "activate" plans and "implement directives") the Post asked itself last week: what is World War II doing to the language? Partially reassured by the fact that many of World War I's mess-hall words (chow, slum, goldfish, corned willie) disappeared under the influence of home cooking, the Post tried to hope for the best: "Probably G.I. will be with us. ...

Briefing is rather handy; so is sweating it out. But surely not...

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