The Two Sides of Warspeak

The Two Sides of Warspeak

In the gulf war, the top brass and the G.I.s seem to be speaking two different languages -- neither of them English. William Lutz, a Rutgers University English professor, says military strategists have adopted M.B.A.-style buzz words that "represent an emphasis on managerial skills." The men and women in the ranks, however, have a more colorful way of communicating. A sampler:


Incontinent Ordnance. Bombs and artillery shells that fall wide of their

targets and hit civilians.

Area Denial Weapons. Cluster bombs that wreak great damage over a particular


Ballistically Induced Aperture in the Subcutaneous Environment. A bullet


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