Cool Word of the Day!

July 8, 2011 at 11:58 am (Cool Words) (, , , )

Scorched-Earth  (adjective)(noun)

Definition: (various sources)

Relating to or being a military policy involving deliberate and usually widespread destruction of property and resources (such as housing and factories) so that an invading enemy cannot use them;  Directed toward victory or supremacy at all costs; Ruthless.

The policy of devastating all land and buildings in the course of advancing or retreating troops so as to leave nothing salvageable to the enemy.

In extreme cases, this strategy might end up being a ‘suicide pill’.

My note: I have been hearing this phrase lately in the news and I like the concept as it applies to current events. You have to admire the military, if for nothing else, in that they do come up with the coolest terms to describe terrible things.

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