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December 17, 2004

Battle of the Bulge.

Cranky Gordon reminds me that today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge in WW II.  I feel it is time to award the second Tim Worstall Award for additions to our language. It’s an old phrase, we’ve all heard it before (and I am therefore breaking all of my self-imposed rules for the award of the, er, award) and, sadly, General Anthony McAuliffe is no longer with us to accept his secret masonic handshake, pat himself on the back and organise a party with lashings of ginger beer. Perhaps in some other realm eh? Still I think a worthy award winner, one of the more famous phrases in military history:

"To the German Commander,     "Nuts!" The American Commander."

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    General Anthony McAuliffe
    taken on December 27th, 1944

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Just an FYI, yesterday was the anniversary of the start of the battle (mine was the post Cranky t/b'd to.

Posted by: Eric | Dec 17, 2004 10:39:24 PM

you do know that what he actually said was "balls" but the papers couldn't print that so it was changed to the politer word 'nuts'.

Posted by: keith | Jan 30, 2005 2:30:47 PM