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Colonel Pronunciation

Why is “colonel” pronounced like “kernel”? The original form comes from Italy, where a colonello was in charge of a column of soldiers. As the word moved from Italian to French, it took on an r sound, but the English...

show me run

show me run  n.— «“We have what is called a show me run, where our lead plane pilot (in a smaller plane) shows us where he wants us to drop,” Colonel Barkdull said. “He describes the start point and where he wants the line to...

race ring

race ring  n.— «“We’re literally going out there with the kind of tools you’d have in your garage,” said Colonel Fossum, the lead spacewalker for the mission. The astronauts will use a putty knife to smooth the surface of the “race ring,”...

reblueing

reblueing  n.— «There is also a program in place which allows us to rotate formations out of the battle space for what is called reblueing and retraining. And there are no forces right now inside our area of responsibility that are...

belly button

belly button  n.— «Hakim was a negotiator for the arms for hostages deal and as his embarrassed testimony revealed, he also had a hand in setting up a secret account to provide for the family of the ring leader of the operation, an account...

cotton curtain

cotton curtain  n.— «Cotton Curtain. Five thousand miles apart, two men speaking different languages were last week discussing “free voting.” Said one: “I will arrest any man who is against us…on election day…...

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