Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 14:02:11 -0400
From: "Bernard W. Kane"
Subject: Navy expression

Can ADSers who are fmr Navy help with question of naval usage? TIME April
13 p. 62 col. 1 prints this:

"'It's O.K. We knew this was going to happen,' he said calmly. 'Remember,
steady strain. You gotta keep a steady strain.' McCain, a former Navy
pilot, made the phrase a mantra during his 5 1/2 years as a POW in Hanoi."

Is this accurate? I seem to recall hearing "take an even strain" but then I
was in the wrong branch of service, with no rope-handling experience at
all. Went flipping through Wouk's "Caine Mutiny" but haven't found it yet.

Bernie Kane
ex-Army dogface '42-'45