Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 09:56:00 -0500

From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM


Immediately after the World War, as Fred Shapiro has shown, there were

thoughts of World War II. However, when that war came about, people still

began searching for names.

This, with no onomastic help from fight promoter Don King (subject of

last night's HBO documentary ONLY IN AMERICA, for those who didn't understand

my posting), is from the Scholastic magazine, May 25-30, 1942, pg. 5, col. 2:

Name for the War

Thousands of students have sent in names for the war. We extend

congratulations to all of you for your originality and resourcefulness. The

best of these names are being forwarded to President Roosevelt, with names of

students who sent them.

_War for Freedom_ won the most votes from _Scholastic_ readers.

(Ugh!--ed.) Second in popularity was _War for Democracy_ (Ugh! Ugh!, or

double ugh--ed.), with _Fight for Freedom_ (Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!--ed.) coming


Other names most frequently mentioned were, in the following order:

_War of the Nations_, _Allied-Axis War_, _Liberty War_, _Victory War_,

_War Against the Axis_, _War for Peace_, _Machine War_ (Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!

Ugh!--ed.), and _The People's War_ (Ugh! Ugh! Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!--ed.).