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An aide-de-camp is a military officer who acts as a confidential assistant to a more senior officer. I should have joined the army. Having an assistant who acts discreetly for me sounds like a fine idea. There are just three problems with that. First, I’m a coward of epic proportions. I’d join the army only […]


Well, this isn’t very helpful. The New Penguin English Dictionary (1986) has two definitions for aide. The first is, “an aide-de-camp.” That’s it. Just an aide-de-camp. Aide-de-camp is the next entry in the dictionary. You’ll have to wait until I get there before I reveal what it means. I’m going to be exceptionally pissed off […]