Science: The Word

The Institute of Radio Engineers was closeted to discuss military secrets. President W. L. Everitt leaned forward with a conspirator's expression and solemnly announced: "Gentlemen, the Army & Navy have now finally given , permission to use the word radar — provided you spell it backwards." Washington has been grinning over this story for weeks. For censorship officers, the story has a double sting: they are well aware that radar has been one of the worst-kept secrets of the war. A favorite gag pictures a mother remarking to her husband: "John, don't you think we ought to tell Junior about radar,...

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