an aircraft prefix under the Joint Service Designation System
that represents 'experimental'.
Vietnamese term for village; compare AP, XOM; see STRATEGIC
abbreviation for 'cross-country', which originated in
Scandinavia; also known as nordic skiing techniques, as
distinguished from alpine (downhill or slalom) practices. Compare
SNOWSHOE; see BUNNY BOOTS, MICKEY MOUSE BOOTS, K-9, SCOUT DOG,
WEASEL, IRON DOG, CAT-TRAIN, MOUNTAINEER, NWTC, WINTER WARRIOR.
[nb: National Ski Patrol (NSP) established in Stowe, VT (1938);
chartered by Congress (1980)]
a technique of air warfare that has been associated with new
developments in US Air Force doctrine emphasizing the centrality
of effects-based targeting since its 2001 recognition in
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF); also known as "on-call close
air support" (CAS).
eXecutive COMmittee, appointed by or for the president (POTUS);
compare NSC, NSPG, TIWG.
XENON LAMP :
a high-intensity incandescent lamp that's filled with a colorless
and chemically inactive monatomic gaseous element; in addition to
luminescent tubes, xenon is also used to fill vacuum tubes for
radio and television; see GLOW LAMP. [v: arc lamp, halogen lamp,
mercury-vapor lamp, neon lamp, quartz lamp, sodium-vapor lamp,
tungsten lamp; cf: carbon arc, xenon arc]
an unreasonable fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners; an
unreasonable suspicion or abhorrence of that which is strange or
foreign; compare NATIVISM, CONTINENTALISM. [v: culture shock; cf:
outsider, outlander, alien, newcomer, intruder, interloper,
XIN LOI :
(sin loy) a polite Vietnamese phrase literally meaning "excuse
me" or "pardon me", but used sardonically by GIs to mean "sorry
about that", "too damn bad", or "tough shit"; sometimes
misspelled "sin loi" or "xoine loi". Compare MEA CULPA, A-OK,
CHECK IT OUT, GUSTO, FIDO, SHIT HAPPENS, ROTS O' RUCK, AMF, ZIP,
ZAP. [nb: various phrases have been used by 20th century
combatants for protective disassociation from epiphenomena,
including: "There it is.", "It's all just rock 'n' roll.", "It
don't mean nuthin'.", "It ain't nuthin'.", "It's just a thing.";
the latter appears in "The Rescue" by Joseph Conrad (1920)] [nb:
in Japanese, 'sumimasen' is a polite expression of apology
(similar to "pardon me" or "excuse me") that's used impersonally
with strangers (instead of 'ayamaru', 'shitsurei shimasu', or
'gomen nasai'), as when moving through a crowd, but when uttered
in a sharp or brusk tone, it means "attend to me at once" or
"come over here right away"]
designation for the compact CAR-15 or "Shorty M-16" RIFLE; see
ACTIV, CAR, SCOUT.
an M-16 assault rifle coupled with a single-shot 40mm grenade
launcher barrel mounted beneath the rifle's fore-end grip;
commonly known as OVER 'n' UNDER.
(ecks-oh) executive officer, being an administrative position
that's second in command of a company, battalion, brigade, or
regiment; also called "exec" or "the exec"; compare DCO, see
PECKER-CHECKER, COMMAND ELEMENT. [v: locum tenens, vicar; cf:
lieutenant (LT)] [nb: Vietnamese term: Si Quan Phu Ta Xu Ly]
Vietnamese term for hamlet, compare AP, XA; see STRATEGIC HAMLET.
the word assigned to represent the letter "X" in the
international phonetic alphabet; see ALPHABET SOUP, PHONETIC
ALPHABET. [v: Alphabet Codes & Signal Flags]
eXtreme Terrain Vehicle, being a four-wheel drive (4WD) off-road
utility transport with independent suspension; a militarized
version of the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). See LSV, FAV, MULE,
M-ATV, GAMMA GOAT; compare OSV, IRON DOG.
Vietnamese unit of currency equal to one-hundredth part of the
DONG, or a "penny"; and being the tenth part of the HAO, which
would be equivalent to a "dime". See BENSON SILK, PIASTER, MPC,
XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS / 18th AIRBORNE CORPS :
see EIGHTEENTH AIRBORNE CORPS.
XXIV CORPS / 24th CORPS :
see LONELY HEARTS.