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Saturday, October 22, 2005

D-day!

I always assumed D-day was derived from 'due day' or 'destruction day' or some such reasonable thing. I just found out today that the actual history of the word is far cooler (and maybe even stupider) than that. Here goes:

D-day
1918, "date set for the beginning of a military operation," with D as an abbreviation of day, cf. H-hour, also from the same military order of Sept. 7, 1918:

"The First Army will attack at H-Hour on D-Day with the object of forcing the evacuation of the St. Mihiel salient."
[Field Order No. 8, First Army, A.E.F.]

"They designate the day and hour of the operation when the day and hour have not yet been determined, or where secrecy is essential" [U.S. Army Center of Military History Web site]. Now almost exclusively of June 6, 1944.


for more, visit:
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?l=d

2 Comments:

Blogger pagala'k' said...

good one

9:27 AM  
Blogger majanx said...

yawn. boring one

3:16 AM  

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