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Jan. 7th, 2011

09:35 am - Excuisite

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On the heels of the recent news of its proposed cancellation, I've been reading the Wikipedia article on the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle.   I was very amused by this passage:

"On 7 April 2009, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the EFV program will "continue as-is", pending an amphibious review in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review.[7] The vehicle has recently been called "exquisite", which Gates has usually reserved for programs he intends to cancel.[8]"

I love the idea of having a special Judas Kiss word.  I can only imagine the terror in the EFV program office when "exquisite" was uttered.  I may have to start using it in design review meetings...

As I understand it, there was a parallel, but somewhat different, use of "fantastic" on the Apollo program.