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Appendix:Glossary of British military slang and expressions

The British Armed Forces is made of the British Army, Naval Service – which comprises of the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Marines (RM) – and the Royal Air Force (RAF).

NumeralsEdit

7 p's
Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents a Piss Poor Performance

AEdit

ally, allie, ali
Stylish, tough or 'hard' looking.
AK
automatic kalashnikov. Derived from the AK - 47 and the popular culture surrounding it, generic reference to enemy small arms.
ARAB
Arrogant Regular Army Bastard

BEdit

the badge
Company Sergeant Major, named for the large crown on the WO2 rank badge. Now more usually used to refer to the RSM or Regimental Sergeant Major. "You're to report to the Badge"
ball of chalk, all went for a ball of chalk
Situation deteriorated beyond repair, about as much use as a ball of chalk
bandy
(RM) musician (i.e. member of the Royal Marines Band Service)
bodysnatcher
(Army) stretcher bearer
bootneck
A Royal Marine
brew
(Army/RAF) a hot drink, a cup of tea or coffee. "Want a brew?" = would you like a hot drink?
brown job
(RM/RAF) the British Army
bull
High polish on Parade Boots
buzz
gossip, rumours

CEdit

Casevac
casualty evacuation
Charlie Foxtrot / CF / cluster fuck
Chaotic situation with all plans disintegrating in all directions
chin-strapped
(Army) tired, knackered
clacky
(Army) chocolate
coy
abbreviation for company
crab or crab fat
RAF airman, from the blue colour of the home dress uniform, which resembles that of crab fat
CV
combat vehicle

DEdit

daisy cutter
(RAF) faultless landing
Dhobi dust
(Army) washing powder (detergent); derived from the Malay word dobi, meaning "washing" or "laundry"
dip stick
(RM) idiot
DS
Directing Staff, often referring to Special Forces instructors

FEdit

FUBAR
(Army) acronym, Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. "The situation's gone FUBAR!" = it's a mess!

GEdit

gat
(Army) infantryman's personal weapon (rifle)
The Glasshouse
(Army) military prison
gong
a campaign medal
Guz
(RN/RM) Plymouth, said to have originated from the World War I radio ID letters for the city's port (GUZ)

JEdit

Jack
Selfish, lazy, workshy. "He's Jack as f***!" = He's as selfish/lazy/workshy as can be! Sarcastically, "I'm alright, Jack, pull the ladder up!" = You're being selfish!
Jack Tar
(RN) A sailor, sometimes 'Jolly Jack Tar'
Jenny, Jenny Wrens
members of the (former) Women's Royal Naval Service
Jock
(Army) a Scottish soldier or a soldier in a Scottish regiment (now amalgamated into the Royal Regiment of Scotland

KEdit

KFS
knife, fork and spoon

MEdit

Matelot
A Navy sailor, from French
mufti
civilian dress; also used in a non-military context in other Commonwealth countries

NEdit

nutty
(RN/RM) term for Chocolate
oggin
(RN) water. "on the oggin" = at sea

PEdit

Paddy
an Irish soldier
Padre
generic term for chaplain
Para
member of the Parachute Regiment
pongo
(RN/RM) Army soldier
PONTI
Person Of No Tactical Importance. A more polite form of REMF (unpopular)

REdit

recce
reconnaissance
REMF
Rear Echelon Mother Fucker. Originated in US forces during the Vietnam War, also used to refer to 'uncool' styles of dress or attitudes associated with those from 'rear echelons'
RHQ
regimental headquarters
rock ape
RAF Regiment
rubber dagger
(RM) Royal Marines Reservist
Rupert
a commissioned officer, including medical officers (physicians)

SEdit

spin a dit
(RN) tell a story
sticky
chocolate bar
squaddies
(Army) soldiers
STAB
(Army) Stupid Territorial Army Bastard

TEdit

TAB
(Army) acronym for Tactical Advance to Battle, a forced march in battle dress order, either ending in battle or during training
Tab
(Army) cigarette
Taffy, Taff
a Welsh soldier
Tommy Atkins
soldier in the British Army

UEdit

Ulu
(Army) a remote or rural area, from the Malay language; "Out in the ulu" = away from base and populated areas.

WEdit

wet
(RN) a hot drink, a cup of tea or coffee. "Want a wet?" = would you like a hot drink?
wibble
(RN, spec. Submarine Service) crazy; "to go wibble" means to go crazy after being at sea too long
wooden-top
(Army) a soldier from the Guards Division

YEdit

Yomp
(RM) To force march with a heavy load
yoyo
Young Officer, an officer in training

ZEdit

Zob
a commissioned officer

ReferencesEdit