The euphemistic or cryptic language supposedly used among high-ranking US military personnel.
- ‘‘Synergism’ is Pentagonese for ‘choreographing a military ballet.’’
- ‘Or, to borrow a phrase currently hip in Pentagonese, new ways of ‘degrading’ the language.’
- ‘Seriously though, the funniest part of the story is the Pentagonese for ‘lapdance’ is ‘client-focused exotic dancing.’’
- ‘What Iraq suffers from most, it seems, is a shortage of trained memo writers and answers of ‘snowflakes’ (a Pentagonese expression that I think refers to urgent questions from the cabal.)’
- ‘After ‘embedded’ was accredited in Pentagonese, TV news channels grabbed and ran with it, and it was free for all.’
1950s: from pentagon + -ese.
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