Precise Language Avoids Misunderstandings

Forgive me for not using the word “gun” in the title of this piece. From day one in the Army, we were taught never to refer to the small arms we carried as guns. But, of course, most recruits didn’t know any better until an instructor was up their face yelling about it.

New Recruit: “Hey Sergeant, when do we get our guns?”

Sargeant: “What did you say?!! Private, do you think you are in the f*****g Navy!!” 

New Recruit (confused): “No, Sergeant.”