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May 02, 2011


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Abbottabad - every time I heard this on the news last night, I pictured Lou Costello screaming it while a mummy chased him.

And I'm sure I'm not the only one who learned "double tap" from Ian Fleming. The double tap was one way James Bond made sure his smallish Walther PPK - mocked as a "Ladies' gun" - did its work.

@Mark Gunnion: Here's what Wikipedia says about "double tap":

"The origin of the double tap technique is credited to William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes, British police chiefs in Shanghai during the 1930s to overcome the limitations of full metal jacketed (FMJ) ammunition."

That's probably where Ian Fleming picked up the term.

I'm also informed by a reliable source that in the 2009 movie "Zombieland," "double tap" is an effective means of killing a zombie.

This is a great round-up, Nancy. I particularly like how you included "triumphalism"...the the quote that went along with it. I share the same sentiments.

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