Category Archives: History

Missing Mutiny

Cecil Adams apparently never heard of the Wilkes Exploration Expedition, in which he suppressed a (probably justifiable) mutiny. Unless the question is about successful mutinies, but it doesn’t seem like he uses that restriction in his own examples. And of course, it’s also unsurprising that he’s unaware of it–it’s a little-known part of American history, at least until this book came out.

Nomenclature Question

Did anyone call WWII WWII during WWII? Or was it only called that in retrospect? If not, what did they call it?

Would it make sense to simply rename the Cold War WWIII and call this one WWIV, so we can get away from this stupid “War On Terror” name?