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By admin | May 4th, 2011

Need words symbolizing our past

Ding Hao, tocsan, skoshi, mama san, dai wi, di di – Words Symbolizing Our Past
In each of the armed conflicts we Marines have been involved in certain words, phrases, adjectives, adverbs, nouns, et al surface.  Old China hands could throw out a ding hao without worrying if anyone understood that it meant very good or was symbolized by thumbs up.    In Korea we learned about the ever “flavorful kimshi, how big or small something was by tocsan or skoshi and, in Vietnam, dai wi was a name Arvins gave to our lieutenants who might encourage troops to diddi on out of here.  You get the idea! 

 As we are now preparing our 2011 Annual Conference Journal that is pegged on heritage, we thought one interesting section might deal with such words or phrases that dealt with the situation at hand.  As our time-on-target started with Korea and ended with our retirement in 1969, we need your input both from World War II and through all subsequent campaigns leading up to where we are now in Afghanistan.  

Think about it, and then email with your input.  You’ll be surprised at what you remember.  Let’s hear from you. –Jack Paxton


1 comment to Need words symbolizing our past

  • avatar Jack Paxton

    World traveler Bob McEwen reminds us of an even earlier China-hand-word than Ding Hao called (his spelling) Boo Hao which seemingly is the opposite of Ding Hao, meaning bad. Also, Bob writes, most used other than “no” was “wa bouchi doa” which mean’t I don’t understand. Bob admits the spelling might be off.

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