The great war

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A chem­istry teacher is re­cruited as a ra­dio op­er­a­tor in World War I. He soon be­comes fa­mil­iar with the mil­i­tary habit of ab­bre­vi­at­ing ev­ery­thing. As his unit comes un­der sus­tained at­tack, he is asked to ur­gently in­form head­quar­ters.

“NaCl over NaOH! NaCl over NaOH!” he says.

“NaCl over NaOH?” shouts his of­fi­cer. “What do you mean?”

“It means the base is un­der a salt!” came the re­ply.

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