Thursday, September 16, 2010

Essay: "The Dough Also Rises."

Essay: “The Dough Also Rises.”

“In describing a World War II cartoon by Bill Mauldin, I [William Safire] referred to one of the G.I.’s as a doughface.

" ‘You seem to have mixed both your metaphors and your wars,’ writes Brigadier General Richard J Toner, Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio. ‘The grunt of Vietnam was the dogface of Korea and World War II, whose father was, in turn, the doughboy of World War I.’ ”

The “Gotcha Gang” Strikes Again. If you enjoy reading about contemporary language, buy Safire’s book. Coming to Terms. William Safire. New York: Doubleday. 1991. The essays are highly entertaining as are the titles.

Now to return to more formal essays.

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