v.— «“If they i.e.d. you in this thing, there won’t be enough of you left to package up and send home,” a Marine sergeant said earlier this week, as he showed embedded reporters to one of three open-backed Humvees assigned to a raid on a suspected rebel stronghold raid south of Baghdad. Among troops in Iraq, i.e.d., for improvised explosive device, is shorthand for the roadside bombs that have killed about two-thirds of Americans who have died in combat.» —“Armor Scarce for Big Trucks Transporting Cargo in Iraq” by Thom Shanker, Eric Schmitt New York Times Dec. 10, 2004. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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