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April 21, 2011      Share

Spokesmen for Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya have caught
a bit of flak for avoiding the word “war” and instead, using “kinetic
military action.” Just part of the long line in a tradition of great euphemisms
like “collateral damage” for “civilian casualties” (trying to make things
sound a little kinder and gentler). We’ve got a few new ones, though.

The Top 9 Military Euphemisms

9> High-speed, lead-based potential energy to kinetic energy
conversion: Being shot

8> Corporeal entry element: Bullet

7> Fodor’s budget tour of the world’s best ocean-free beaches:
Another tour in Iraq

6> Alternative terminal velocity inhibitor: Backup parachute

5> Eco-friendly, ergonomic aesthetic enhancement: Policing the

4> Awaycation: Extended deployment

3> Bar exam: Field testing a 2nd lieutenant or ensign

2> Policy enforcer: Warfighter

and the Number 1 Military Euphemism…
1> Inactivated combatant: Corpse



Selected from 47 submissions from 10 contributors.
This week’s list authors are:

Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA — 1, 2, 6, 8 (4-day pass!), Topic (5th #1)
Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC — 3, 4, Banner tag
Michael Cunningham, Woodridge, IL — 5
Glenn Anthony, San Carlos, CA — 7
Dawson Rambo, Santa Rosa, CA — 9
Kilroy, Washington, DC — Graffitist