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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

ablutions
Toilet and / or bathroom for airmen (RAF slang).
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)

Barrack Stancion: (RN) A naval rating who spends most of his / her time in shore based draft rather than at sea

Bennie
A Falkland Islander, from the Benny from Crossroads style wooly hats. His character was mentally challenged, so an insult
bodysnatcher
(Army) stretcher bearer
bootneck
A Royal Marine
bone
not good, lazy "Bone idle"
Bondook
Rifle
Brat

(RAF) Apprentice

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
buckshee
easy/free " I've just got a buckshee daysack"
bine
(Army) Cigarette
Bing Bong (Army)
Belt-fed (Army)

CEdit

Casevac
casualty evacuation
Charlie
Vietnam era - the enemy
Charlie Delta / CD
casualty dead
Charlie Foxtrot / CF / cluster fuck
Chaotic situation with all plans disintegrating in all directions
Chin-strapped
(Army) tired, knackered
Civi
Civilian
Civies
Civilian clothing
Clacky
(Army) chocolate
Coy
abbreviation for company
Crab or crabfat
(Royal Navy) a person in the RAF.
 Crabfat was a naval slang for a treatment for pubic crabs which happened to be the same colour as the RAF uniform. Also from a drill move where the men move sideways / diagonally only practiced by the RAF
Craphat

Military slang used by members of the parachute regiment to denote what they class as lesser regiments. Taken from the fact that they wear the coveted Maroon beret that no-one else wears.

Crow
Cant Read Or Write. Derived from a term used with WW1 recruits, now refers to a new recruit or inexperienced soldier. OR Combat Recruit of war!
Crow cannon

L86A2 Light Support Weapon craved by the raw recruit - who quickly hates the weight of the ammunition and the weapon after a few days on Basic.But wanted to carry it solely based on the Ally factor.

CV
command vehicle
Cunt Cap (Army) mainly used by instructors and recruits of the Infantry Training Centre Catterick, in referral to the DPM/MTP baseball caps the recruits wear in their first 9-10 weeks of training.

DEdit

daisy cutter
(RAF) faultless landing
Dhobi dust
(Navy/RM/Army) washing powder (detergent); derived from the Malay word dobi, meaning "washing" or "laundry"
Dhobi Engine
(RAF/Navy/RM/Army) Washing machine.
dip stick
(RM) idiot
Dorris

Female member of the Royal Air Force

Doss down
(Army) To sleep
Doss Bag
(RM/Army) Sleeping bag
DS
Directing Staff, often referring to Special Forces instructors
D shape
A pasty of that shape

EEdit

Egg Banjo
A fried egg sandwich so called because when it is eaten, generally with the one hand that is free, egg yolk squirts onto the eater's shirt/jacket resulting in them raising their sandwich to approximately ear height whilst they attempt to "strum" the egg from their shirt with their free hand.

FEdit

Fairy

(RAF) Avionics Technician

Fat Albert
RAF, a Hercules transport plane
FEFSC
Foresight, Economy, Flexibility, Simplicity, Cooperation (in making a plan)
FIB
acronym, fighting in buildings
Fish-head
(Navy/ RAF) RN Slang term given by WAFUs to members of the General Service. Slang term for a member of the Royal Navy.
Fizzer

(RAF) Form 252 Charge sheet

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

The term 'Full Screw' is British Army slang used to describe someone holding the rank of Corporal.

GEdit

gash
(RN/RM) waste such as food wrappers
Gash

(RAF) Poor quality workmanship or inadequate kit/food

gat
(Army) derived from Gatling Gun, infantryman's personal weapon (rifle)
The Glasshouse
(Army) military prison
goffer
(Royal Navy) A large wave (usually breaking) and also a refreshing drink
gong
a campaign medal
Gopping

nasty, horrible, unenjoyable. That exercise was totally gopping

Guz
(RN/RM) Plymouth, said to have originated from the World War I radio ID letters for the city's port (GUZ)
gen
slang for genuine "Whats the gen?" Whats the true gossip?
Green Slime
Army, military intelligence personnel
grow bag
(RAF) Slang term for Aircrew SNCO on account of being made a SNCO purely due to their job.
God

SWO/RSM

GIMPY

The L7A2 GPMG, or 'GIMPY', is a 7.62x61mm belt-fed general purpose machine gun. The GPMG has been in service with the British military for decades.

Green time machine

A sleeping bag.

HEdit

Headshed
Planning room, part of military intelligence

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
Jockey

(RAF) Pilot

KEdit

KFS
knife, fork and spoon
Kiwi
New Zealand military

LEdit

Lumpy Jumper
A female
Lizard 
(Army) A individual who screws up in the most idiotic way , or just used for idiot. Also a female, especially a promiscuous one.

MEdit

Matelot
A Navy sailor, from French
MINTUA
"Mind In Neutral - Thumb Up Arse" Not a clue
mufti
civilian dress; also used in a non-military context in other Commonwealth countries
Monkey
military police
Muckergee
A comrade a friend brother in arms. brought back with the Army from India. Also Mucker and Mucka
Mutant

NEdit

nails
Hard (as nails)
Nato
How do you want your brew? NATO! Milk +2 sugars, standard(NATO) issue
nutty
(RN/RM) term for Chocolate

OEdit

oggin
(RN) water. "on the oggin" = at sea
oppo
; A fellow soldier or partner, especially in the "buddy-buddy system" or in back-to-back tasks: "Make sure your oppo doesn't get left behind!"; from opposite number

PEdit

Paddy
an Irish soldier
Padre
generic term for chaplain
Para
member of the Parachute Regiment
plumber
(RAF) armourer
pongo
(RN/RM) army soldier. "Everywhere the army goes, the pong (stink) goes."; derived from the supposed inferior washing facilities in the field compared to those on a navy vessel.
PONTI
Person Of No Tactical Importance. A more polite form of REMF (unpopular)
Plank
member of the Royal Artillery

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'
Rigger

(RAF) Airframes Technician

Rigger

(RAF) Aerial Erector

RHQ
regimental headquarters
Rodney

(RAF) Commissioned officer

rock ape
RAF Regiment
rubber dagger
(RM) Royal Marines Reservist
Rupert
a commissioned officer, including medical officers (physicians)

SEdit

Scaley

(RAF) Married airmen/women living in quarters

Scaley Brat

(RAF) Airmen's/Women's offspring

Scaley, Scaley back
(Army) Radio operator, from battery acid burns to the back
scoff
(Army) Food
scran
(RN/RM) Food
secret squirrels
MI5/6 operatives
snafu
WW2 Situation normal, all fucked up
snowdrop
Military Police (Specifically Royal Air Force Police - in relation to their white SD caps)
spin a dit
(RN) tell a story
Sprog
(Army) Recruit
Stag
Guard duty
sticky
chocolate bar
Still/Stills
Still a Bennie (see above) after orders not to refer to them in a derogatory way ("Still a Benny")
squaddies
(Army) soldiers
STAB
(Army) Stupid Territorial Army Bastard
SOGI
(generic) Senior Officers Good Idea - detrimental term
Sumpy

(RAF) Aircraft Engine Technician

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
Grand Slam
Navy, To vomit, urinate and defecate in your place of sleep due to excess drink. "He/I grand slammed in his pit / in the mess square last night..."

UEdit

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

WEdit

Walt / walter Mitty
A fanatsist who makes up stories about their time in service, or pretending to have served and won unearned medals. From the movie "The secret life of Walter Mitty"
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) your own marching pace. To force march with a heavy load
yoyo
Young Officer, an officer in training

ZEdit

Zob
a commissioned officer

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