zipperhead

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Etymology 1[edit]

zipper +‎ head. From the leather helmets formerly used by early Canadian armoured crewmen, with a pattern of stitching resembling a zipper. There is also a folk etymology referring to the zippers on armoured-vehicle crew suits (re-purposed flight suits).

Noun[edit]

zipperhead (plural zipperheads)

  1. (Canada, military slang) A soldier in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps or in the Armoured Crewman military trade.
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References[edit]
  • Edward C. Russell (1980), Customs and Traditions of the Canadian Armed Forces, Deneau and Greenberg, Department of National Defence, ISBN 0888790279, p 65.

Etymology 2[edit]

1960s–1970s, zipper +‎ head. Used by soldiers during the Korean and Vietnam Wars; multiple theories exist as to the specific origin. One is that if an Asian person was shot in the middle of the forehead with a machine gun, the head would split as if being unzipped; another, that the appearance of tire tracks on a body having been run over by a military Jeep resembled a zipper.

Noun[edit]

zipperhead (plural zipperheads)

  1. (US, military slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Asian descent.
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