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    Why did some military aviation slang go mainstream ?

    Balls to the wall

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    The whole 9 yards


    There's more. I spend part of my time in the English speaking world and these phrases come up casually in conversation. Why ? Any theories ?

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    Must have something to do with the 21st century post 911 american cultural trend of militarism; games like call of duty and countless movies that have tacticool heroes with all their tacticool gear speaking tacticool lingo and pwning bishes left and right.

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      #3
      I am significantly older than 911 and these expressions existed well before ...

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        #4
        I didnt even know 'balls to the wall' was millitary slang. Wall-to-wall counseling on the other hand....

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