Sticklers, Sideburns & Bikinis
The Military Origins of Everyday Words and Phrases
By Graeme Donald
Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781849081573, 280pp.
Publication Date: March 23, 2010
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"...Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis is consistent in content, formatting, and layout. Each word is accompanied by a paragraph of its history (or more, as the case may be) as to how the word came into the language. Even mayonnaise, which I dip my French fries into much to the horror of ketchup-loving friends, has its origin in the military (a victory dinner with very few ingredients resulted in the invention on mahonnaise in the Port of Mahon by a military chef).
Graeme Donald has taken great pains to research the word origins in his book and makes a point of not relying solely on English experts but also on military experts who sometimes have a different view on the origins of a word. For words with unresolved disagreements, Donald provides both (along with his e-mail if you want to weigh in on which version is right).
Overall, this is a compact and well-done book that can be read cover to cover or in random bits as the mood strikes you." -www.booklorn.com
Osprey Publishings' FUBAR - 2007's dictionary of military slang - was widely praised, and received wide coverage in national media circles, including featuring in an article in The Spectator