War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the "Dunkirk spirit" whenever the country is faced with major crisis, and Roosevelt's description of Pearl Harbor as "a date which will live in infamy" is echoed with similar frequency. From "civilian collateral" to "Hitler's Whopper"—a.k.a. the "Big Lie"—this entertaining guide explores 100 phrases spawned and popularized from the 1930s through the end of World War II, tracing their origins in politics, pop culture, code words, and military slang.
The Word At War
Author: Philip Gooden & Peter Lewis.