Monday, September 29, 2003

There's that word again: "The judgments reached and the tradecraft used were honest and professional, based on many years of effort."

Anybody with some time to kill could research the etymology of "tradecraft" as a noun to describe what spies and spooks do. Merriam-Webster says it originated in 1961.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

1961 was the year that le Carre's first novel, "Call for the Dead," was published. I wonder whether he invented the word.

11:55 PM  

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