Embrace the Suck: A Pocket Guide to Milspeak, by Austin Bay
New York: Pamphleteer Press. Pp. 72. Append, links. $4.00 paper. ISBN:0978-90285-0 .
is one of those things that set military personnel apart from civilians. Every profession has its own slang, if you
will, be it medicine, law, firefighting, or police, and so too does the
military. The military’s slang, though,
is one of the most unique. Military culture
is based on shared sacrifice, dedication, and commitment to the country – and
it is exclusive.
Embrace the Suck, Austin Bay provides an informative and very
entertaining guide to how the military talks, and thus, a window into this
honorable culture. One can quickly
learn what “dynamic truth” is, or what is means when gear (usually something
very expensive) goes “back to the taxpayers” – hopefully not resulting in a Big
Chicken Dinner. This slang covers
everything from gear to people.
glossary is arranged alphabetically, and even provides examples of how the
terms are used. Some of the terms do
involve strong language, and the reviewer must recommend that it be kept away
from young children. There is even some
slang from American allies such as the UK and Australia. That said, it is appropriate for those of
high-school age who are considering a military career (it helps to learn the
vocabulary), or for those who seek to better understand those who are in the
military. Reporters and policymakers
are two sets of people who particularly should have a copy.
say that Austin Bay has hit a home run is a gross understatement. Ultimately, Embrace the Suck is a
potentially valuable resource for those going into the military, those covering
the military, those who seek to understand the military, and even those in the
military. It is worth several times its
Embrace the Suck is available online at http://store.pamphleteerpress.com/06.html
Reviewer: Harold C. Hutchison
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