Thank you, John Daly!

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If you couldn’t tell by the name tags under each individual, John Daly is on the far right.

Today’s Word of the Day is mufti which means, “civilian clothes.” The John Daly I referred to in the title is not the golfer, but rather the late newsman and host of What’s My Line, John Charles Daly (Bennett Cerf always introduced him with his middle name…well, one of them). One of the contestants the panel had to try to ascertain their occupation from was Gen. Mark Clark. One of the panelists, Arlene Francis, had just seen him the previous night at a West Point gala, but he’d been in uniform then, and afterwards John remarked that she didn’t recognize him on the show because he was in mufti, or regular clothes. That was the first time I’d ever heard that word or term used, and I honestly haven’t heard it used very often, even now. Maybe it was more common back in the late 1950s, early 1960s or maybe it was something common for former military men to use (Daly had been in the Naval Reserves). Now you know it too!

As a special bonus, I mentioned above that John Daly was a well-known newsman; it was his voice that not only broke the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, but he was the one who announced on the radio that President Roosevelt had died.

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