Nuke them till they glow, then shoot them in the dark

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Maligree, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Maligree Member

    Could someone please explain to me what the phrase Nuke them till they glow, then shoot them in the dark means?
    Thanks in advance :)
  2. cycloneviv

    cycloneviv Senior Member

    Perth, Western Australia
    English - Australia
    What parts of the sentence are worrying you? Have you tried looking up the words in the dictionary? None of them are terribly complex, except perhaps that if you nuke someone you drop a nuclear bomb on them.
  3. katie_here Senior Member

    I think you need more context.

    Nuke though is short for Nuclear. (sometimes when we put food in the microwave, people say they've "nuked" it, as opposed to "cooked" it.
  4. icecreamsoldier

    icecreamsoldier Senior Member

    New Zealand English
    It means: use nuclear weapons against them until the radiation causes them (the people) to glow in the dark. They will then be easy targets even at night-time.

    It's a joke (very black humour - I like it).
  5. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    It's also the sort of saying that an aggressive or reactionary conservative will say, suggesting that a country should resort to nuclear warfare. It reminds me of another famous "American" saying: "shoot them all and let God sort them out." (This saying was originally attributed to one of the Church leaders responsible for the Albigensian crusade.)
  6. drgizmo New Member

    I believe that you will find the original statement as "Nuke them 'till they glow so the infantry can shoot them in the dark." This was a term used by Missile Operators during the 'Cold War'. I was a Fire Control Specialist on the MGM-52 (LANCE) in West Germany (1987-1990).
    This was dark humor used by U.S Military in reference to the Soviet Union.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2009

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