This Day in History Entry #158

February 21st, 2012 by Wordsman

“Comrade Engels, as sure as dog barks
This great work derives from your brain’s sparks!”
“Comrades, please, it’s no crime
My name just doesn’t rhyme!
So let’s give all the credit to Marx”

Event: The Communist Manifesto is published
Year: 1848
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4 Responses

  1. A Fan Says:

    Combining history and knowing something about Japanese, can the Wordsman identify “Kido Butai”?

    How about “shoribyo”?

    Both feature prominently in the book A Fan is now reading. What would that book be about?

  2. Wordsman Says:

    Combining a knowledge of history and having access to Japanese dictionaries, the Wordsman will guess that A Fan is reading Pacific Crucible by Ian W. Toll. This book is a shameless rip-off of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, set on a Pacific island so that Hollywood producers will be more likely to pick up the movie rights.

  3. A(nother) fan Says:

    The Wordsman hits it on the nose.

    Is there a literal translation of “Kido Butai”?

  4. Wordsman Says:

    My online dictionary (fairly reliable but hardly a Japanese OED) gives it as “mobile troops; mechanized unit; mechanised unit; naval task force”. Japanese Wikipedia defines it as “a combat unit possessed of mobility and composed of forces from one or more branches of the military.”

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