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I watched full metal jacket for the first time ever recently and it was kick ass. anyway I was wondering, how come they called the vietnamese soldiers zipperheads?
11-25-2003, 07:22 PM
I was able to find many sites online that gave a slang definition, most often referring to a "closed-minded" person. I don't think for a second that that's what the soldiers in the '60s meant by it. This is the only site I could find listing it as a slur towards Vietnamese AND explaining why (there were, of course, many sites listing it as an ethnic slur, but most had no explanation). I don't know if it's true or not, but it's all I could find:
11-25-2003, 11:54 PM
I always assumed it was because of the eyes, but that's just a WAG.
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11-26-2003, 12:41 AM
I always heard it was along the lines of "you shoot them and their head head comes apart like its being unzipped"
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