Unlike some other commodities the capital city holds dear, words were in no short supply here this year. From a veteran's terse description of war as he stood near a stark monument honoring the Viet Nam War dead to a psychic's bold -- and erroneous -- prediction of the mayor's re-election prospects, there were innumerable examples to choose from in casting back over the year's utterings, some memorable, many forgettable. We offer therefore, a mere sampling of all that was said in 1982: "You have to smell fresh blood and gunpowder to understand." -- Green Beret Al Allison, as he stood near the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial before the monument's dedication. "Larry, we're going down, Larry." -- Roger Pettit, the co-pilot of the Air Florida's Flight 90 which crashed on Jan. 13, killing 74 passengers and four motorists on the 14th Street Bridge. "It's going to be one big miracle if that man gets in the seat again." -- Madam Freddie B. Jones, a Northwest psychic, on Mayor Marion Barry's electoral chances in the fall. "It's a confusing situation. The question is, what is his problem?" -- Mayoral press secretary Annette Samuels on Fire Chief Norman Richardson's self-imposed seclusion in March. "I think the department was a little overzealous in its desire to keep itself free of rookies using drugs." -- Gary Hankins, a police union official, on Chief Maurice T. Turner's reinstatement of 24 of the 39 officers who were placed on leave following urine tests for marijuana use in April. "What are you doing to me?" -- A tearful Ward 3 delegate Gloria Corn as she was grabbed by another statehood convention delegate trying to force her to sit down and stop yelling during the acrimonious May convention. "Mama, you don't know what we went through." -- Hinckley juror Lawrence H. Coffey, as quoted by his mother, after a jury found John W. Hinckley Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of President Reagan. "To say we are bitterly disappointed is an understatement." -- National Zoo director Theodore Reed, in August, after abandoning the weeks-long watch over Ling-Ling to see whether the famed panda was pregnant. "People. . . .hired to be competent were incompetent and other people. . . were just not properly trained." -- Teddy Filosofos, outgoing director of the D.C Board of Elections and Ethics, describing office procedures which he said contributed to the erroneous disqualifications of hundreds of voters in the Sept. 14 primary election. "The kids aren't even worried about it." -- D.C. Police Sgt. Anthony Mitchell about the Tylenol scare at Halloween. "If the money can take care of my tennis lessons, that would be great." -- Doug Spade, who returned in November to his mother, Mara, one of the first winners of the District's million-dollar lottery prizes. "I have a thousand pounds." -- The last words of drifter Norman Mayer, shot dead after holding police at bay earlier this month with his empty threat to blow up the Washington Monument earlier with half a ton of dynamite.