One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A generic name for a pet dog.
From Latin fidō ‘I trust’.
A system for enabling aircraft to land, involving the dispersal of fog by means of petrol burners on the ground. It was developed by the Allies during the Second World War.
- ‘What they were witnessing for the first time was the faithful watchdog of distressed aircraft, the Carnaby FIDO.’
- ‘A heating method using oil-burning heaters arranged along the edge of an airfield runway was used during the second World War to disperse fog (known as FIDO, or Fog Intensive Dispersal of).’
Acronym from Fog Intensive Dispersal Operation.
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