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Like their fellow soldiers in Germany, Vietnam or Korea, those deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq have created a language all their own, filled with black humor, cultural references and even the occasional crudity.

Most of us have heard of RADAR — originally a military acronym standing in for the cumbersome term “Radio Detection and Ranging.”

We may even have encountered, or experienced, the occasional SNAFU, for “Situation Normal: All (Fouled) Up.”

But what on Earth is a “death blossom?” Or a “fobbit,” for that matter?

Slang terms referring to features of a base are also common, for example, a sign someone put next to an oil-filled puddle on a base in Afghanistan reading, “Rainbow Lake.” blog it