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Such little freaks as taking the last chicken, the last pound of meal, the last bit of bacon . . from a poor woman and her flock of children, black or white not considered, came under the order of legitimate business" (Conyngham, Sherman's March Through the South, 1865). For other ways of downplaying theft, see HOOK, INTERPRET THE MOOD OF, INVENTORY LEAKAGE, LIBERATE, SALVAGE, SCIENTIFIC AND LITERARY INVESTIGATION, SWAGGING, a n d UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE. 19 Arab Arab. Strange as it may seem, an old euphemism for "Jew.
Nixon to testify at the Watergate COVER-UP trial, for fear that such a stand-up performance would kill the (then-ailing) former president, one of the principal defendants, John D. Ehrlichman, asserted that the judge's reasoning was "just pure—if you'll pardon the expression—baloney" (speech, Dutch Treat Club, New York City, 5/1/79). On the face of it, "baloney" seems to derive from the bologna sausage, but the connection has never been proved, and attempts have been made to link it to other sources.
In a situation wherein those speaking may not have actually meant what they seemed to say or may not have said what they actually meant, they should not be surprised if their oral shorthand is interpreted differently than was intended. " Moreover, though all the foreign leaders but Castro were killed, and though the senators were able to trace shipments of weapons to dissidents in the Dominican Republic and Chile, and of poisons to the Congo (see NONDISCERNIBLE MICROBIONOCULATOR), the Intelligence Committee found itself unable, even in these instances, to pin the blame directly on CIA AGENTS.