Wiktionary:Requested entries (English)

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Have an entry request? Add it to the list – but please:

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    — Note also that such requests, like the information requested, belong on the base form of a word, not on inflected forms.

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  • 503 - internet - some error message, e.g. the page 503'd Oxlade2000 (talk) 21:22, 20 March 2021 (UTC)


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  • bachelor griller - OneLook - Google "bachelor griller" (BooksGroupsScholar) — I have added an article on this at EN:WP but it could do with a DICDEF and I don't have dictionaries with me. The term seems to be at least 100 years old in UK English but seems to be uncommon in the United States. SimonTrew (talk) 09:58, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
    Contrary to the remark in the WP article, I think this may have originated as a trademark: it is nearly always found with both words capitalised. Equinox 14:32, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
  • blue veils - OneLook - Google "blue veils" (BooksGroupsScholar): some kind of old medical treatment, possibly used on the nose?
    Blue veil, blue-white veil, or blue hue is associated with melanoma. A medical sense of veil may be needed. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 15:11, 7 August 2020 (UTC)

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  • banana roll— a common alternative name for the Chinese pastry known as “banana cakes”. Colloquially it’s an alternative form of “banana fold”, and actually the most commonly used version. ImKindaABigDeal (talk) 04:07, 7 December 2019 (UTC)
  • backbarrow as used in old British place names. There used to be a Backbarrowbridge, Manchester, England, which I found in my genealogical research. There still exists a Backbarrow, and a Backbarrow Bridge in the Lakes region. I was wondering what a backbarrow, or back barrow, is. (I know what a bridge is!)
  • break the wheel as an expression probably started off in Game of Thrones, but it is branching out. Is probably a hot word already.
  • butter woman, butta woman (light-skinned prostitute from Santo Domingo, implied to be infected with HIV), found in My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid
  • brazy - a slang word used in hip hop and rap, a blend of Blood and crazy, as in The Bloods gang from Los Angeles.
  • Barkis is willin' - OneLook - Google "Barkis is willin'" (BooksGroupsScholar) (or ...willing); see [5] and [6]. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 22:13, 29 December 2019 (UTC)

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That's just a diminutive of cozzer. The entry would go at cozzie under an different etymology. Dbfirs 08:37, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

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    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 2, chapter 19
      She flitted through the rooms, like a good spirit, dispatched from the celestial kingdom, to illumine our dark hour with alien splendor.


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  • daisugi - OneLook - Google "daisugi" (BooksGroupsScholar) - a plant growing technique, from Japanese 台杉
  • Dalbergia odorifera - OneLook - Google "Dalbergia odorifera" (BooksGroupsScholar) - a rare Asian hardwood
  • defensive end - OneLook - Google "defensive end" (BooksGroupsScholar) in American football
  • demob chart - OneLook - Google "demob chart" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • distorian - OneLook - Google "distorian" (BooksGroupsScholar)
    It's out there (blend of distort + historian) but not durably recorded. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 22:20, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
  • degragate - OneLook - Google "degragate" (BooksGroupsScholar) - just heard this new cousin of degradate - OneLook - Google "degradate" (BooksGroupsScholar) on Youtube a couple of times: youtu.be/NYxLBhOgwYg?t=614 and it gets about 20,000 Google Hits. —⁠This unsigned comment was added by Hippietrail (talkcontribs) at 23:32, 15 May 2020 (UTC). Doubt this meets CFI. Equinox 06:02, 16 May 2020 (UTC)
    I wish, but unless we have finally upped the minimum number of durably archived independent uses to something more sensible than three over a year, here's a sampling of twenty-eight years worth of dumb from web and print:
    • Slash: But it's real cool. You know, I'm not gonna sit there and degragate... degradate – whatever the word is like (laughs). (origin?) - 1992 - [20]
    • The main concern is that routing a signal through multiple switches could degragate data as the cummulative (sic) impedance of the switches becomes prohibitive. - 2003 - [21] (made it to print!)
    • Organic Melt™ deicer is an environmentally safe, agricultural-based product made with degragated sugar beets - 2013 - [22]
    • I have been trying to learn, teach and implement agricultural practices that aggregate our precious resources rather than degragate them. (with its antonym!) - 2014 - [23]
    • I had a HDD failure and a degragated RAID5. - 2016 - [24]
    • Degragated Mouse Control and Key Input - 2017 - [25]
    • Aboriginal people were called and still get called the N-word as a way to racially degragate. - 2018 - [26]
    • On this one, the wifi signal is crappy and degragates as you use it more. - 2019 - [27]
    • The PAPD degragated that woman’s human right for safety and protection. - 2019 - [28]
    • Aspartate can be degragated to NH4, CO2, and H2O to produce ATP energy by its carbons entering the TCA cycle. - [29]
    • The bottom line is – words empower people, inspire people, educate people, but can even degragate and sterotype (sic) people. - [30]
    • My question is why do the plasmid with insert is fully degragated by EcoR-1.? - [31]
    hippietrail (talk) 06:39, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

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See front "face up to; confront" + up intensifier, or front up.

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See down: "With on, negative about, hostile to".

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Could this be haem written with a ligature? That's the nearest thing I can find. Compare hæmoglobin. Cnilep (talk) 03:33, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

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  • hardware - Missing noun sense as in awards, trophies, medals; see Merriam-Webster definition 3
  • healthquarters - "It was in this church [of San Jose] the missionaries gave the Indians their first artistic training; today it is used as the public healthquarters of the City of Mexico ...." Mary Gordon Holway, Art of the Old World in New Spain and the Mission Days of Alta California (San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1922, p. 44).
  • here for it - (just Twitter slang?) enthusiatic towards something
  • High Tang - OneLook - Google "High Tang" (BooksGroupsScholar) - see Tang poetry#High Tang
  • hot sketch
  • Humpty-Dumpty show - "For a year or so [the Crosby Opera House in Chicago] housed lavish productions of opera with the finest singers of the day, but somehow the enterprise fell on evil ways, and before many years had passed it was given over to Humpty-Dumpty shows, families of bell ringers, trained animals, acrobats, and pantomimes." John Tasker Howard, Our American Music: Three Hundred Years of It (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1931, p. 283).
  • hypergrace - "God's super-abounding favor. Grace that is hyper or super-abounding. The limitless grace of an extreme God known for his immeasurable love." Romans 5: 17,20.
    The uses I found were all spaced or hyphenated. Hyper-grace is a sum of parts. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 22:33, 16 August 2020 (UTC)
  • hummerless - Describing some type of silencing mechanism in firearms.- Sonofcawdrey (talk) 22:05, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
    Scan error for hammerless? Vox Sciurorum (talk) 17:24, 13 August 2020 (UTC)
  • holophrasticity - the property of being holophrastic

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    • And because in this article and others he didn't make his obeisances to the higherness of the traditional arts, he ran into the sort of disapproval that movies get. (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker, 1973)


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  • Jack, someone from Swansea
  • jackass (another meaning--a type of bootleg liquor) "As the vintner Louis Foppiano recalled years later, Sonoma County during Prohibition became a center for bootlegging, not of wine, but of spirits. 'There were some big stills hidden up in the hills of Sonoma, some producing five hundred gallons of Jackass [spirits made from spring water and sugar] a day.'" Richard Mendelson, From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009, p. 82). "By now the wine counties were rife with the activity of the illegal wine trade and the force of the Prohibition Unit was hustling to keep up. At the start of the year, Officer William Navas had staged a raid on the dining room at Healdsburg's Hotel Sotoyome and discovered 'jackass' brandy ...." Vivienne Sosnowski, When the Rivers Ran Red: An Amazing Story of Courage and Triumph in America's Wine Country (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, p. 110).
  • Jacks or jacks (UK/Australia): A common term used for police in the UK and Australia, derived from "John Darme" a joking Anglicization of "gendarme" (French for police officer) and then - per common usage - John becomes Jack (or, in this case, the plural "Jacks").
  • jammed up - OneLook - Google "jammed up" (BooksGroupsScholar) (links) - from "in a jam" (see §I 2018) according to https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/jammed+up. 2004 definition which states that it's about legal or police problems: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=jammed%20up. More reliable source attributing it to US, 1973: The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English (2008).
  • Jezoid (Jesoid)
  • Joe Who
  • jump out of one's skin
  • jump box - OneLook - Google "jump box" (BooksGroupsScholar) - used for jump-starting cars instead of using a 2nd car. But also in computing; see jump box.

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  • Kedoshim Apparently "Holy Ones" plural; an English loan word from Hebrew
  • kandi; kandi kid —⁠This comment was unsigned. - I've created candy kid; the k seems like a quirky misspelling, too rare for inclusion?

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Possibly a one-off: The Little Book of Lykke is the follow-up to The Little Book of Hygge. Unlike hygge, I'm not seeing much uptake. Cnilep (talk) 02:07, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

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See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingam_massage


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I don't know... Reading this, it seems like the term might be SOP. See Norway + model. PseudoSkull (talk) 03:08, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

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  • quabble (Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub, Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History, Routledge, 1992, p. 63: "I do forget them before the next appointment, and my patient and I sink back into the routine of everyday quabble."
  • quantitas intrinseca - OneLook - Google "quantitas intrinseca" (BooksGroupsScholar) - a term related to rhythm
  • QID: noun; countable. "Q-identifier"; The unique, persistent, identifier for a concept, and the item or record describing it, in Wikidata. Comprises a positive integer, prefixed by the upper-case letter "Q". First use 2012. N.B. new sense for existing entry Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 08:52, 18 July 2020 (UTC)
  • quarandine (a type of apple, perhaps with another name?) "In the orchard all attempts to maintain respectability had been abandoned; nettles and rank grass grew high around the fruit trees. One of these grew the most delicious little round pears; from another we used to pick lovely little red apples called quarandines." Quentin Bell, in Quentin Bell & Virginia Nicholson, Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1997, p. 126).


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Apparently Korean for "hamlet, village cluster", it is a unit of governance in the DPRK. Cnilep (talk) 02:54, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
  • rouanne
    • The OED entry for maverick quotes the Overland Monthly of August 1869 for a possible etymology:
      • One Maverick formerly owned such immense herds that many of his animals unavoidably escaped his rouanne in the spring, were taken up by his neighbors, branded and called ‘mavericks’.
        • Escaped his rouanne? It's French for the horse colour 'roan' and for the kind of compass you stick into the boy in front's bottom in a quiet maths class, but I can't see what it means here. -- 14:53, 5 January 2017 (UTC)
          • rouanne, rouannette are also apparently (obsolete?) French for "a mark (for casks)": the above would seem to refer to animals escaping a cattle brand so that other farmers manage to claim them instead. Equinox 15:57, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
  • rapid-cycle - OneLook - Google "rapid-cycle" (BooksGroupsScholar) ways
  • rule or ruin - OneLook - Google "rule or ruin" (BooksGroupsScholar)

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  • roper in - OneLook - Google "roper in" (BooksGroupsScholar) – "To keep a steady stream of suckers coming to their tables, many houses employed 'steerers' or 'ropers in,' 'men of considerable address' who 'make a flashy genteel appearance, very impressive and taking with greenhorns.'" – Karen Halttunen, Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830–1870, Yale University Press, 1982, p. 8, quoting Herbert Asbury, Sucker's Progress: An Informal History of Gambling in America from the Colonies to Canfield, Dodd, Mead and Co., 1930, p. 160. (Collins also has "one who tries to lure people into a gambling house" for roper.)
  • rapid-response or rapid response. Possibly non-SOP --I learned some phrases (talk) 11:54, 13 March 2019 (UTC)
  • running word (in corpus linguistics); it's probably similar to this sense of token (a single example/instance/occurrence of a given word form ["type"] in a text), but it might not be the same.
  • r-bomb, R-bomb
    Several meanings. One related to BlackBerry Messenger. Others for words beginning with 'R": recesssion, racist. Recession might be citable. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 18:09, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

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Yes, both the American sense of corruption and the British sense of hard work for both noun and verb seem to have appeared independently in the 1850s. The British sense is cited from 1853 in the OED. I've only recently heard the American sense here in the UK. Dbfirs 18:20, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
Apparently sutorian is a variant of sutorial. There is a plant genus Sutorious and possibly some bird species, but I can't find the word used as an adjective. Cnilep (talk) 08:18, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
OED gives this as a variant of sutorial with one exemplar, Thomas Blount's Glossographia. Blount defines Sutorious (sutorius) as “belonging to a Shoomaker, or Sewer”. The word appears just after Sutor (“a Shoomaker, a Sewer”), which he notes is Latin. Sutorius does not appear in Blount's (1707) Glossographia Anglicana Nova. I haven't found other examples in English. I would say that sutorious is a Latin word, not sufficiently attested in English. Cnilep (talk) 02:17, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
While Partridge emphasizes flirting, attestations on the web seem like comments on masculinity and social class – a bit like a (US) douchebag or a twit. [92], [93] Cnilep (talk) 04:19, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
I can only find cites by one author (Alexander Macalister) - it seams to be some sort of sheath in the shoulder joint of an insect. Need cites by more authors. Kiwima (talk) 04:43, 4 December 2016 (UTC)
Appears to be used enough to add, both in German and English, but I will need to read the papers to make sure they are all using it the same way. Archaic if not obsolete. One modern use appears to refer to a partially formed vagina. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 23:44, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

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Geertz & Geertz call it a “term [] in Balinese” and use italics on first mention (p. 30). Is it attested as a loanword in English? There is no request page for Balinese, but I wonder if editors on Wiktionary:Requested entries (Indonesian) could help with the Balinese lemma? Cnilep (talk) 02:57, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

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Sum of parts? Meaning is variable. Vox Sciurorum (talk)

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In some cases adding "the" definitely changes the meaning (like "underground" meaning below-ground generally vs. "the underground" meaning the subway). In some cases it does not, and the core word or phrase is all that's needed. It's unclear to me in which cases usage notes should be added to the core word or phrase vs. creating a separate entry, and in which cases redirects should be created. These were all previously at Appendix:English idioms; I weeded out the ones that were obviously not needed. -- Beland (talk) 08:24, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Consider Both London and Moscow have undergrounds. I can't name a city with more than 5 million in population that shouldn't have an underground. Different determiners (including the "zero" determiner), different referents, same semantics for the noun. The performs its normal function of specifying the most salient (eg, local) instance of the noun it determines. In London "the underground" refers to all or part of their system. There may be some instances where the makes some other semantic change, but I am sure those instances are rare. DCDuring (talk) 23:22, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
Examples are the finger and the man. Such cases are rare indeed.  --Lambiam 15:30, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
In addition, do you suggest that we have separate entries for attributive use of the nouns whenever such use is attested, even though the noun's semantics are the same? DCDuring (talk) 23:43, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
I'm not from the UK, so I'm not confident in my ability to judge correct usage. Those examples sound plausible, so then underground probably covers it. It currently lists "underground" in the sense of the stuff below the surface of the Earth as an adjective, so that would explain why using "the" restricts the meaning to "subway" or "secret organization". For "secret organization" there's just a note that "the" is usually used with the noun, and that seems sufficient to me. I'll drop it from this todo list. As for the other listings, I think we need to think through them on a case-by-case basis to see how firmly attatched to "the" they are, and whether this justifies a separate listing, usage note, or neither. -- Beland (talk) 18:23, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

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  • tag group [102]
  • technos (not a plural of techno, but Greek-derived): often discussed alongside the telos
    I can't find enough uses. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 18:14, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
  • tourista - slang term for traveller's diarrhea in Latin countries.
  • translocal in a non-mathematical sense, e.g. Kate Eichhorn, "Sites Unseen: Ethnographic Research in a Textual Community", Qualitative Studies in Education 14.4 (2001), p. 568: "In the following account of ethnographic research carried out in the context of a textual community, I demonstrate how 'translocal phenomena,' which I understand to include diasporic communities and communities that emerge in relation to the mass media and electronic communications, do not entirely evade classical methods of participant observation as some ethnographers have assumed."
  • tropism in the second sense given by Merriam-Webster. "Women's liberation, when it is extolled by men, can in no way be extolled by men, can in no way be explained by a pro-women tropism, but more conclusively by the complex of indigeneity, shared by colonial power and seeking to hoist itself up to the level of the so-called norms of the colonized." Houria Bouteldja, Whites, Jews and Us: Toward a Politics of Revolutionary Love (Semiotext(e), 2017), p. 82.
  • threadly - OneLook - Google "threadly" (BooksGroupsScholar) Occurring once every thread (modeled on daily, monthly), as in "threadly reminder that ...".__Gamren (talk) 18:22, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
  • tropical month (synonym periodic month, no definition yet); see Wikipedia; it's ~27.3 days but needs an astronomical explanation; compare tropical year
  • tourist police - might not be as POS as you might first assume. wikipedia only offers a disambig page
  • tourist spot
  • Tournaisian - OneLook - Google "Tournaisian" (BooksGroupsScholar): geologic stage

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  • under one's care / under someone's care
  • ungatz (check the movie Lucky)
    This is dialectical Italian slang.[104][105] Uses I found[106][107] are in italics as a foreign word, also as un gatz. I added it to the Italian requests page. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 14:50, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
    Comment on Italian requests page: "This strikes me as a possible Italian American derivation from Southern Italian dialect, similar to Neapolitan nu cazzo and 'u cazzo respectively." So it's in between languages. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 13:40, 16 August 2020 (UTC)
  • untouchables (Scotland): A term often used in Scotland for a mobile squad of uniformed Police, term originates from the 1960s US TV series.
  • up for sale
  • up the wahoozey (a large amount, much more than is needed)
  • up with
  • usercode, probably close to synonymous with username
    I think this means code that runs in userspace, as opposed to kernel space, in operating systems that have that distinction. -- Beland (talk) 17:33, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

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  • -uceus, -ucea, -uceum
  • up or up at - John McWhorter says in AAVE if you are up at somebody's house it's a place you go often. (What Language Is pp. 128-130)
  • underlevered - Donald Trump used this word seemingly to mean underleveraged in the October 15, 2020 townhall.
    He's not the only one[108] but at first glance it's too rare to include. It may have a life in oral finance that doesn't reach the written world. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 15:23, 16 October 2020 (UTC)

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2020: "What Did They Think Would Happen?" by Sarah Longwell, The Bulwark
We have an incurious narcissist of a president who was warned over and over by his advisors about an imminent pandemic. He ignored them. Then he engaged in “one day it will just disappear” wishcasting instead of spearheading a coordinated federal response.

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  • XLR: a type of microphone (apparently short for "X connector, locking connector, rubber boot")


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There are dictionaries of military slang which can confirm these, but at least one genuine use should be identified before a term is created.

  • airships, Their (n.) - RAF speak — officers of Air Commodore rank and above. Float serenely at high altitude, buffeted by assorted winds and oblivious to the implications of, and confusion caused by, the edicts following their astral deliberations. Presumably in imitation of their worships. If citable the lemma would be at airship. 2 cites so far. DCDuring (talk) 02:08, 31 August 2020 (UTC)
  • Anvil or anvil — RAF speak — the sound-proofed, darkened box that Scopies sit in, staring at a screen that looks like it’s playing a Sinclair ZX81 game, apparently to warn of any incoming Bogies.
  • Arse End Charlies — RAF speak — or arse end Charlie - rear gunners (also known as Tail End Charlies).
  • bennied- RAF speak - used during tour of Falkland Islands. To have to remain in FI after date due to leave, usually due to replacement unavailability. (Cf. Benny sense of Falkland Islander.)
  • bind- RAF speak - not a nice job
  • binder- RAF speak - someone complaining
  • binding- RAF speak - complaining
  • black-outs- RAF speak - knickers worn by the WAAF, navy-blue winter-weights
  • body snatcher - RAF speak - stretcher bearer
  • boomerang- RAF speak - aircraft returned early due to snag (RAF Bomber Command)
  • Chiefie or chieftie - RAF speak - Flight Sergeant in charge of a unit
    Looks like a general diminutive form of chief. Vox Sciurorum (talk) 22:55, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
  • deck -RAF speak - the ground
  • Desert Lily or desert lily - RAF speak - urinal made from a tin can
  • finger, or remove one's finger - RAF speak - to hurry up or pay attention
  • flaming Onions (caps??) - RAF speak - anti-aircraft tracer
  • flannel - RAF speak - to avoid the truth
  • fine adjustment tool - RAF speak - A hammer that is used by Techies.
  • gardening - RAF speak- sowing mines in water from a low height
  • garnish; the military sense, related to camouflaging, see e.g. commons:Page:"Garnish Nets Correctly" - NARA - 514018.tif
  • ground wallah - RAF speak- an officer who did not fly
  • groupie - RAF speak - Group Captain
  • hang up or hang-up or hangup - RAF speak - Bomb failed to release.
  • KRS - RAF speak - King's Regulations, the rules and regulations governing the Royal Air Force
  • LMF - RAF speak - lack of moral fibre
  • nickel - RAF speak - propaganda leaflets
  • packet, to catch a packet - RAF speak - to be on the receiving end of offensive fire
  • penguin - RAF speak - ground officers with no operational experience
  • shuftie kite - RAF speak - reconnaissance aircraft
  • Snowdrops or snowdrops - RAF police
  • spoof - RAF speak a diversionary raid or operation
  • twilights - RAF speak - WAAF underwear, light coloured, summer-weight
  • vegetable - RAF speak acoustic or magnetic mines


These were originally added under the appropriate letters, but require similar specialized knowledge or research.

  • bull denim - a 3x1 twill weave piece dyed fabric, made from coarse yarns. Weights can vary from 9 ozs/sq yard up to the standard 14 ozs/sq yard. Bull Denim is essentially a denim without indigo
  • cap/slvWB - cap sleeve
  • CC - Comments Client
  • Chino cotton- a twill (left hand) weave. Combined two-ply warp and filling. Has a sheen that remains. Fabric was purchased in China (thus the name) by the U.S. Army for uniforms. Originally used for army cloth in England many years before and dyed olive-drab. Fabric is mercerized and sanforized. Washs and wears extremely well with a minimum of care.
    • Looks like the same thing as chino
  • Classic CO- Dutch: ontwerp van een doorlopend dessin
  • Co - Cotton
  • COJ - carry over jeans
  • DD - Delivery Date
  • DTM - Dye To Match
  • Ea - Elasthane
  • embro - Embroidery
  • fancy stitch - Stitch without function, just for detailing
  • felled seam- stitching seam by turning under or by folding together the seams of fabric. Purpose is to avoid rough edges
  • Fnd - Front Neck Drop
  • French terry - a variety of terry (or toweling) fabric, which is identified by its uncut looped pile. French terry cloth only has the highly absorbent looped pile on one side of the fabric; the other side is flat and smooth. It can be woven from different kinds of threads and can be stretch or non-stretch.
  • fully fashioned - knitted to fit the shape of the body
  • garment dyed or GD - in textiles, the dyeing of the final product
  • HBT or herringbone - Herringbone Tape
  • HDT - Heavy Duty Tape
  • HSP - Highest shoulder point
  • L - Ligne [note: size of button]
  • l/s - long sleeve
  • loop tag - a bartack which is 'loose' in the middle
  • m/b - must be [note: this is not a polite way of communicating]
  • moustache - abrasion of lines to imitate pre-worn garment (a.k.a Whiskers)
  • open end spinning - a technology for creating yarn without using a spindle. This system is much less labour intensive and faster than ring spinning
  • PfA - Process for Approval
  • P.I. or P:I: - Proforma Invoice
  • proto - sample before SMS to see the effect and reaction to fabrics artworks and treatments
  • R.E. or RE - Raw Essentials
  • scar - cut in panel stitched back together again
  • Single Jersey or single jersey - Single knit fabrics and jersey knits are light to medium weight fabrics with flat vertical ribs on the right side and dominant horizontal lines on the wrong side. Fabric stretches from 20 to 25% across the grain.
  • SMS- salesmen sample
  • s/off or strike off- a full sized cropped section taken from the overall image/artwork. It’s produced on the same material with the same finishing as the final product. It provides you with an exact sample of the final product
  • s/s - short sleeve
  • SS - Side Seam
  • SW- Sweat
  • TC - textile color
  • Tnp top neck point -
  • TP - textile paper
  • whiskers- abrasion of lines to imitate pre-worn garment (a.k.a Moustache)
  • Y/D: in textiles - yarn dyed, the dyeing of the yarn before weaving or knitting

References and notesEdit

This section is meant to assist in the production of definitions by providing supporting citations. Wherever possible, please keep supporting evidence with the entries it is meant to be supporting.

  1. ^ “Deconstructing an Ediacaran frond: three-dimensional preservation of Arborea from Ediacara, South Australia”, in Journal of Paleontology[1], volume 92, issue 3, 1 May 2018, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/jpa.2017.128, retrieved 21 March 2021, pages 323–335