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On the Big Drum Followup

It’s been a puzzle to track the origin of the saying good night, sleep tight, see you on the big drum. Perhaps it’s an innocent mixup that takes from the Robert Burns poem Tam o’ Shanter, which reads, “good night, sleep...

tundra daisy

tundra daisy  n.— «Like many residents of the North, I’ve found that the easiest and cheapest of all materials to recycle are 55-gallon drums, five-gallon (Blazo) gas cans and Blazo shipping crates. These versatile objects have been put to...

meat tag

meat tag  n.— «Robbins says that when the war on terrorism started Fort Drum soldiers wanted to identify themselves in case they were killed. They’d get what are called “meat tags”—with their name, rank, blood type and Social...

IED petting zoo

IED petting zoo  n.— «A special training ground has been set up at Fort Drum where soldiers headed for Iraq and Afghanistan are being trained how to spot improvised explosive devices blamed for causing most of the casualties suffered by U...

age out

age out  v. phr.— «Amy Weldon is what’s called a rook-out, a first-year rookie who’s aging out of the corps. She says her first—and last year—has offered her memories that will last a lifetime.» —“Drum Corps Groups March Out of...