1. heivilinj says:

    It’s also a military term for “Absent WithOut Leave”. A violation of Article 86 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/punitivearticles/a/mcm86.htm

  2. Well, of course it is. But that’s a well-established widespread term so there’s no point in defining it on a site like this.

  3. heivilinj says:

    And yet you have to define what a mortar is (re: Mortarville). I presumed that military terminology may not be well known.

    Sorry, my bad for trying to help. Won’t happen again.

  4. Yes, but mortar does not get its own entry: it’s merely explanatory text. I do appreciate the help, but I also wanted to make it plain that “fringes of English” means just that.

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