This is top secret

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Winwin2011

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I read the following sentence from NTC's Dictionary of American English Expression:

Instructions about keeping a secret

This is top secret.

Secret is a countable noun. Why doesn't the author use "a' before "top secret."?

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'Secret' is an adjective here.

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"Top secret" is a classification.
 

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Read more about those classifications here.
 

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When I wore a uniform, we knew the classifications as TSCRU, pronounced 'Tea-screw'.
 

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When I wore a uniform, we knew the classifications as TSCRU, pronounced 'Tea-screw'.

Thank you! I knew there was a mnemonic for it when I first joined the Civil Service but it had been lost in the mists of time. I can't believe that's nowhere to be found on Google.
 
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