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Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on March 20, 2017 at 1:02am

While running a border-patrol and reading a map you would watch your mileage gauge and knowing that when you went 1 kilometer it translated into .62 mile or ten klics equal 6.2 miles. Never thought about how to spell click but think it would be with a "K" since it short  for kilometer. But it was a good tool to know on the border. Military map reading was one of my strong suits while in the 2/AC.

Comment by Jim Clendenen on March 19, 2017 at 10:11pm

When I was a Drill Sergeant I used Chuck Berry's No Particular Place to Go as a marching cadence.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on March 19, 2017 at 5:25pm

Here to help when I can. I just happened to be close to the dictionary when Harold posted. Lol.

Comment by Dave Gettman on March 19, 2017 at 4:34pm

Dang, Prof. Ryan!!!

Class dismissed.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on March 19, 2017 at 3:51pm

Definition of onomatopoeia

  1. 1 :  the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)

  2. 2 :  the use of words whose sound suggests the sense a study of the poet's onomatopoeia


play \ˌä-nə-ˌmä-tə-ˈpē-ik, -ˌma-\ or


play \ˌä-nə-ˌmä-tə-pō-ˈe-tik, -ˌma-\ adjective


play \ˌä-nə-ˌmä-tə-ˈpē-ə-k(ə-)lē, -ˌma-\ or


play \ˌä-nə-ˌmä-tə-pō-ˈe-ti-k(ə-)lē, -ˌma-\ adverb
Comment by Shannon Ryan on March 19, 2017 at 3:37pm


A slang variant of Kilometer, first used by Artillery Division Marines in Vietnam.

The term originates from the sights of a Field Artillery gun, which were set to Kilometers, and when changed made a "Klik" sound. Eventually, this onomatopoeia, when combined with Kilometer, was turned into Military slang.

Currently, the term has fallen out of use with Artillery divisions, as their sighting systems no longer make clicking noises, but it has come to be used in almost every US Military service in some fashion or another, and has become a standard military term.

see: Click, and Klick.
"Confirmed NVA contacts, 30 Kliks out, Captain. Bracket those Charlie bastards, and Bring the Rain."

"We've got two Kliks to extract point Whiskey. We go double-time, and we might make it in time to catch a ride Stateside. Ooh-Rah."
Comment by Shannon Ryan on March 19, 2017 at 3:36pm

Harold, I believe it is spelled Kliks.

Comment by harold goldstein on March 19, 2017 at 3:31pm

Guys, Short for Kilometer  is click.  Is there a correct spelling for the word click.

We have to go 10 more 'clicks'

Comment by harold goldstein on March 19, 2017 at 3:30pm

God Bless Rock & Roll

We lost a lot of great Rock & Roll Performers this past year.

But Rock and Roll will never die.

Comment by Dave Gettman on March 19, 2017 at 3:10pm

Went down to my buddy's house last night to celebrate Chuck's life. Couldn't really drink much because of a recent tooth extraction but thought I would have one short shot in his honor. Decided to look up what he liked to drink and have a shot of that. Found out he detested liquor, so I had a beer instead and called it good.


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