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What Are They Talking About?

It is almost like they are talking a different language sometimes. Here are the most commonly used slang words and phrases to help you translate!

It certainly happened to me on a regular basis with my son and daughter and even with officials when i rang them. There are lots of times when your loved one uses initials, ranks, situations,occupations, buildings names, events and words you don't understand and so you just nod or shake your head in what you think are the right places hoping that  you have perhaps understood. You feel you daren't ask what they mean for fear of appearing ignorant. That really is awful. eg. I went to see *** at the **** and he told me about *** so i had to then get ***  from the **** etc.

You may often get officials talking that way as if some how you magically know what they are saying. That's because they stupidly forget you are a newbie, a partner or relative and know nothing yet or even an an experienced partner who for some reason never got to know. Officials tend to forget when they themselves first got into the loop and knew absolutely nothing just like you. It is time the military gave them an elbow nudge on that score. What a pain that is. Even other wives may look down their nose at you because they know stuff and silly you doesn't have a clue. That can even be so awful it can knock you back and squirm. Believe me you are not the only one who feels phased out or swamped with it all. 

Here are the most commonly used slang words and phrases to help you translate! If you know any that would be a help to others just let me know so that i can add them. I am not too up on abbreviations and slang so help me.

Ace                                                             
Good, excellent.
Airy Fairy
A member of the Fleet Air Arm.
A1
The very best.
Bandie
Members of the Royal Marines Band
Banjo
A sandwich; broken or broken down.
Banyan
A picnic on a boat or beach.
Basha
Originally a temporary jungle shelter, now applied to any temporary shelter in the field.
Belay
To cease an action; to cancel.
Bimble
To walk casually; to wander.
Bish
A Naval padre.
Bite
To be drawn into an argument or be wound up.
Bivvy
A bivouac - temporary field shelter, constructed with a waterproof poncho.
Blues
The ceremonial blue uniform of the Royal Marines.
Bootie
RM and RN abbreviation of the term used for a Royal Marine (see Bootneck).
Bootneck
A Royal Marines Commando.
Bombed out
Crazy; exhausted.
Bonedome
Protective helmet, particularly applied to that worn by pilots.
Brill / Brills
Brilliant, magnificent.
Brammer
Oustandingly good.
Bronzy
Suntan.
Bronzy time
Sunbathing.
Brown Hatter
See Snapper.
Bubbled
To be found out or ‘rumbled’.
Bug - out
To conduct a military withdrawal.
Buzz
A rumour.
BZ
Bravo Zulu - Well done.
Cabin
A room, usually a bedroom.
Can spanner
A tin opener (see ‘Spanner’).
Charlie - G
The 84mm Carl Gustav anti - tank weapon.
Chin stay
The strap used to secure a cap, or helmet to the head.
Chopper
A helicopter.
Chippie
A carpenter.
Chit / Chittie
A small piece of paper.
Chuck one up
A salute.
Chuffed
Pleased.
Chunter
To mutter or mumble (see also ‘Drip’).
Church key
A device equipped with both bottle and can opener.
Civvies
Civilians / Civvian clothing.
Clear lower deck
When personnel of a unit are called together for an address by the Commanding Officer; a 100% turnout.
Cloggie
Cloggie A Dutchman.
Club swinger
A Physical Training Instructor.
Come alongside
To make the grade; to agree.
Common dog
Commonsense.
Compo
Composite Rations, Ration Pack.
Crab
A member of the Royal Air Force. or Lacking in personal hygeine.
Crab Air
The Royal Air Force.
Cracked it
To achieve.
Crack - up
To lose ones patience.
Crappers
To be very drunk.
Crash out
To fall asleep.
Cream in
Collide.
Chrimbo
Christmas.
Dank
Miserable.
Dhobi
To wash or launder.
Dig out (blind)
To make an all out effort.
Dink
To give or receive a blow.
Dip out / dip
To come off worst in any situation.
Ditch
To throw away or discard.
Dog robbers
Jacket and tie.
Dog Watch
Two short watch periods that equalise the watch roster. Someone who has been in a ‘Dog watch’ means one who has little experience.
Donkey Wallopers
The Cavalry.
Down on your chin straps
To be exhausted.
Dregs
Ugly; unappealing.
Drip
To complain.
Drip sesh
A period organised so that complaints can be aired.
Drives
The driver of a vehicle.
Drop a sprog
To give birth.
Ear pounding
To give or receive a verbal warning.
Earwigging
Eavesdropping.
Eating Irons
Eating utensils.
Endex
The point an exercise ends.
Essence
Beautiful, usually applied to ones Pash or Party.
Fang Farrier
A dentist.
Fanny - rat
A stacks rating who is never satisfied with the Pash / Party he has.
Galley
The kitchen and / or dining hall.
Gannet
One with an insatiable appetite.
Gash
Rubbish, waste.
Gash Hand
Spare rank.
Gen
Genuine; the truth.
GD
General Duties rank.
Gizzit
Items that are given away, usually for public relations purposes.
Glimp
To peer or peep.
Globe and Buster
The Corps Crest (the Globe & Laurel) or the Royal Marines magazine.
Glop
To slurp or drink hurriedly.
Glophead
A habitual drunkard.
Gonk
To sleep.
Gopping
Extremely unpleasant. Usually used to describe ugly women.
Hand
A member of an organisation / crew. Commonly used to refer to an individual of good repute.
Hangfire
Wait a period of time.
Hanging - out
To have given 100% physically.
Harry
Superlative eg ‘Harry Crappers’.
Heads
Toilets.
Honking / Honkers
Intoxicated; smelly.
Icers
Very cold
Ickies
Money
Inboard
To come out on top, to succeed.
Jack
A member of the Royal Navy.
Jack up
To arrange or organise something.
Jenny
A member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
Jimpy / Jeeps
General Purpose Machine Gun.
Jolly
An easy job or organised recreation. (see ‘Swan’).
Jollies (HM)
Original name for citizen soldiers of the Trained Bands of London in 1664, from whose ranks Marines were first formed. Later became RN slang for a Marine, hence Kipling’s ‘HM Jollies’.
Junglies
Members of the Naval Air Commando Squadrons.
‘JWH’
Abbreviation of Jersey Wool Heavy - the issue pullover.
Kag / Kaggage
Unwanted or useless equipment.
Kit muster
A check, in which an individual’s complete equipment is laid out to ensure all is accounted for. The term is also used to describe the act of vomitting.
Knack all
Nil, nothing.
Knacker / fat knacker
A person who is unfit and / or overweight.
Lash up
To treat
Laughing kitbags
To find something very amusing.
Leg it
To run.
Limers
A soft drink.
Loafer / loafing
One who sits back and lets others do his share of the work.
Lovats
The No 2 dress uniform of the Royal Marines, lovat green in colour.
Magic
Marvellous.
Make ‘n’ mend
A period allocated to the maintenance of an individual’s equipment, or personal administration.
Manky
Filthy.
Maskers
Masking tape. Uses for this valuable commodity are many and varied. Also known as ‘Ha rry black’ or ‘Harry black maskers’.
Matelot
A sailor
Mess deck dodger
The person responsible for tidying a mess deck or barrack room.
Micky duck
A cartoon film.
MOA
Abbreviation of a Marine Officer’s Attendant - the equivalent of a batman.
MOD Plod
Ministry of Defence Police.
Muscle bo’sun
One who prides himself on the strength of his body.
Nause
Nausea, inconvenience.
Neaters
Undiluted spirits. (Navy Rum ration traditionally was condensed)
Nine o’ clockers
Mid evening snack.
Nod / Noddy
A Royal Marines recruit. (Changed to "Wink" due to pressure from the media about name calling - i.e. a Nod is as good as a Wink.
Nutty
Confectionary.
Nutty fiend
One who has a sweet tooth.
‘OD’
An abbreviation indicating ‘ Other Denomination’ as a persons religous conviction or commonly used as a derogatory term for someone who should know better.
Oggie
A pasty.
O Group
A meeting whereby orders for an operation are given to subordinate commanders.
Ooloo
Originally the term applied to jungle. Now sometimes given to an area of rough country or heavy vegetation.
Oppo
A close friend.. The ‘opposite number’ of a two man team; a system used to ensure maximum effectiveness in military activities.
Party
A female.
Pash
A female, with whom a marine has formed a more than casual relationship. A fiancee.
Percy
A soldier (see also ‘Pongo’).
Phot
A photograph or photographer.
Ping
To recognise or identify; to catch out.
Pingers
Members of the RN anti - submarine helicopter squadrons.
Pipe
To broadcast a message; usually via the public address system on board ship or in barracks.
Piso
Careful with money.
Pit
A bunk, bed or sleeping space (see also ‘Scratcher’).
Plums
Nothing. (see also ‘Dip’). Often used in the context of ‘Trapping’.
Plums rating
One who is continually unsuccessful with women.
Pole - up
To appear, to arrive suddenly.
Pom
Dehydrated mashed potato.
Pompey
Portsmouth.
Pongo
A soldier; derived from the common naval belief that soldiers never wash.
Prof
To acquire.
Provie
A member of the Provost Staff, the Regimental or Unit Police.
Pussers
Appertaining to the Service; stores and equipment issued from Service sources. Anything done unimaginatively or ‘by the book’ is done in a ‘pussers’ manner.
Pusser’s hard
Issue soap.
Pusser’s planks
Military skis.
Pusser’s red devil
The standard naval issue bicycle. Invariably painted red.
Puzzle Palace
A Headquarters building.
Rabbits
Gifts or souvenirs, obtained by going on a ‘rabbit run’.
Recommend
Formalised approval or praise - ‘take a recommend.
Redders
Opposite to Icers.
Rice
Effort. To ‘give it rice’ means to apply a considerable amount of effort in a direct manner.
Rig
A mode of dress. To ‘get rigged’ is to get dressed.
Rock / Rock all
Nil, or nothing.
Rock ape
RAF Regiment.
Rug rat
A baby (see also ‘sprog’).
Run
A trip or journey.
Run ashore
To leave ship or barracks for recreation or relaxation.
Sandies / Sandy Bottoms
The last ‘sippers of a wet’.
SB
Abbreviation for Special Boat Service. One who has joined the SBS is said to have gone SB.
Scran
Food.
Scran bag
A bag on a mess deck in which spare or damaged clothing and rags are collected. One who is untidily dressed is said to ‘look like a scran bag’.
Scratcher
A bed, bunk or bedspace (see also ‘pit’).
Scronky / Scronks
Untidy (see also ‘scran bag’).
Sea Daddy
An experienced marine or sailor who looks after a recruit to ‘show him the ropes’.
Secure
To finish; to tidy away after a job or watch.
Shave - off
An expression of exasperation; to speak out in turn.
Shreddies
Underpants.
Sigs
A radio operator.
Sin Bosun
A Naval Padre.
Sippers
A liquid measure; a sip offered from one’s own drink.
Skin
Immature or inexperienced. Lacking in facial hair.
Skin Mag
Playboy or similar magazine.
Slide
Butter or margerine (see also ‘grease’).
Smally
Small.
Snaps
A photographer (see also ‘phot’).
Sneaky Beaky
Intelligence staff or their operations.
Snurgle
To advance warily, or to crawl.
Snapper
Someone who is gay.
Sods opera
A show produced by a ship’s company or unit to entertain themselves.
Spanner
Any food or implement.
Spitkid
A waste receptacle.
Sprog
A baby, or youth lacking in experience.
Spud locker
Vegetable preparation room.
Stacks
The opposite of ‘plums’. To receive overmuch. Usually used to describe one who has great success with woman.
Stand easy
An official break in the work schedule; equates with a tea / coffee break.
Steamer
A ship.
Stickies
Cakes.
Swan
An easy or enjoyable journey or job, (see also ‘jolly’).
Sweating neaters
To be worried.
Thin out
To depart.
Threaders
To be fed up, to have had enough of something.
Three Badger
A marine or sailor of low rank but great experience. Derived from the good conduct badges (chevrons) worn to denote years of service, three badges being the maximum.
Trap
To successfully attract a member of the opposite sex.
Troop bible
A book containing all the relevant details of the individuals in a sub unit.
Trough
To eat.
Turn - to
To parade or begin work.
Twos - up
To take a turn at / with something.
Uckers
A board game. Adult version of Ludo.
Up homers
To be invited home.
Up the line
To travel away from base, originally referring to a train journey.
Vittled up
To be subjected to heavy and effective gunfire.
Wallah
The operator of a small shop or stand, usually unofficial (eg ‘Goffer Wallah’).
Waz / wazzer
Fantastic.
Wellie
To punch or hit.
Wet
A drink of any description.
Winger / wings
A comrade or close friend (see also ‘oppo’).
Woolly pulley
Pullover (see also ‘JWH’).
Work your ticket
To arrange to leave the Service.
Yaffling spanners
Eating utensils.
Yeti
A spectacular fall whilst on skis.
Yomp
To force march with a heavy load.
Zap / zapped
To shoot or be shot.
Zeds
Sleep