Date: Sun, 18 Jan 1998 14:13:32 -0500 From: Gerald Cohen Subject: "shake and bake" (=explosives) Paul Dickson's _War Slang_ presents "shake and bake" as a verb: "to employ a mixture of weapons in an attack." The expression arose during the Gulf War. But he does not mention the noun "shake and bake" in the meanng "explosives." I found this usage in the _St Louis Post-Dispatch_ , Dec. 24, 1997, sec. A, p.6/4. The article (which starts on p.1) concerns the Oklahoma bomber, Tim McVeigh, who had fought in the Gulf War, and the relevant paragraph for us refers to the wife of McVeigh's friend, Terry Nichols: 'She also recalled that Nichols received a cryptic letter from McVeigh the weekend before the bombing, in which McVeigh referred to "shake and bake," a military term for explosives.' I assume that "shake and bake" refers to bombs that destroy via their explosive force ("shake") and to incendiary bombs ("bake"). Incendiary bombs were use in World War 2. Were they also used in the Gulf War? --Gerald Cohen gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]