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Posted: 15 November 2011 04:37 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Posted: 15 November 2011 06:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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gung ho, n. This was the motto of the U. S. Marine Corps Raiders, adopted from the Chinese by Lt. Col. Evan Carlson, the Raiders’ commander, who had served in China before the war.

You’ve left out the most interesting thing about the expression, which is that it is a misunderstanding by Carlson of a Chinese abbreviation equivalent to INDUSCO!  The story is well told in the Wikipedia article.

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Posted: 15 November 2011 07:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yeah, I tried not to repeat what I said in the Big List. Maybe I should have.

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Posted: 15 November 2011 07:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Note that “perv” is also used as a verb in Australia, meaning to ogle.

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Posted: 16 November 2011 06:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Well, no need to repeat the whole thing, but a brief allusion might be interesting/amusing to the reader, who can then google for more.  (Also, I suspect you may want to make a book of these, in which case the reader will not have immediate access to the Big List.)

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