February 11, 2008

Psychology Today explains...

...soldier slang. On the heels of Bob Bateman's recent posts for Small Wars Journal on combat trauma, this is really interesting. A sample:

  • Lightening the mood.

    "Slang helps soldiers bullshit about bombs and terrorists, which helps you keep your sanity," says Sgt. Timothy Boggs. "We had fun in March, as we always warned each other before we went out, 'beware the IEDs of March.' "