One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cold-war slogan claiming that the prospect of nuclear war is preferable to that of a communist society (or vice versa).
- ‘This was particularly true during the McCarthy era of the 1950s when anti-Communist hysteria - ‘better dead than red ‘- reached great heights, especially in Catholic circles.’’
- ‘Having quite happily countenanced that MAD idea myself - better dead than red - I feel bound in conscience at least to give today's extremists the benefit of the doubt.’
- ‘Ever notice how that kind of rhymes with ‘better dead than red?’’
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