Manuel in Fort Worth, Texas, wonders about a phrase he’s heard from his dad and brothers: Cut me a husk meaning “Give me a break.” The term evolved from slang used by U.S. Marines serving in Vietnam, and HUS, the configuration for the Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse. The shorthand expression for calling in this sturdy workhorse was cut me a HUS or give me a HUS.

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