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ID
cx160
Title
"Shooting a Line"
Genre
Essay
Page Count
2
Word Count
1100
Publisher
Royal Air Force Journal
Publication Year
1942
Document Types
Full-text Online
Eads, Additions to
Topics
Pilots

An essay in an internal Air Force journal pertaining to the tendency of pilots and other personnel to understate their accomplishments. While the informal expression "to shoot a line" usually refers to describing something in an exaggerated or untruthful manner, Bates gives more attention to those who avoid publicity altogether (while at the same time finding great pleasure at publicity received). In the Royal Air Force Journal (September 5, 1942).


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