Wordiness: repple-depple

I'm finally reading Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers (thanks, Wahj!) and the word "repple-depple" totally threw me for a loop. It's not the only instance of military jargon in the book, but it's certainly a more whimsical word than I expected to encounter in a military context.

Anyway, a quick Google search tells me that "repple-depple" refers to a replacement depot --- which is about as un-reppledy-deppledy a place as I'd imagined the word would refer to. Huh.


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At 12/11/2009 2:05 am , Blogger Neil said...

I believe Stephen King also used the phrase in 'The Tommyknockers'. The character Jim Gardener mentions it as a nonsense word in his many musings.


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