Appendix:Glossary of British military slang and expressions
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- 7 p's
- Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents a Piss Poor Performance
- ally, allie, ali
- Stylish, tough or 'hard' looking.
- automatic kalashnikov. Derived from the AK - 47 and the popular culture surrounding it, generic reference to enemy small arms.
- Arrogant Regular Army Bastard
- 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
- (RM) musician (i.e. member of the Royal Marines Band Service)
- (Army) stretcher bearer
- A Royal Marine
- (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
- High polish on Parade Boots
- gossip, rumours
- (Army) Cigarette
- casualty evacuation
- Charlie Foxtrot / CF / cluster fuck
- Chaotic situation with all plans disintegrating in all directions
- (Army) tired, knackered
- (Army) chocolate
- abbreviation for company
- crab or crab fat
- A Crab , in the Royal Navy , is a person with inadequate personal hygiene .
Crab fat was Naval slang for Brylcream , ie , if your hair needs a wash you can disguise your dirty hair with Brylcream . During WW2 the RAF were known Nationally as The Brylcream Boys cos they were glamorous , like a Brylcream advertisement; Hence , the Navy called the RAF - The Crabfat boys or Crabfats or Crabs.
- Combat Recruit of War. A new recruit or inexperienced soldier.
- combat vehicle
- 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
- Doss down
- (Army) To sleep
- Doss Bag
- (army) Sleeping bag
- Directing Staff, often referring to Special Forces instructors
- (Army) acronym, Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. "The situation's gone FUBAR!" = it's a mess!
FIB: acronym, fighting in buildings
- (RN/RM) waste such as food wrappers
- (Army) infantryman's personal weapon (rifle)
- The Glasshouse
- (Army) military prison
- a campaign medal
- (RN/RM) Plymouth, said to have originated from the World War I radio ID letters for the city's port (GUZ)
- slang for genuine
- 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
- (Army) a Scottish soldier or a soldier in a Scottish regiment (now amalgamated into the Royal Regiment of Scotland
- knife, fork and spoon
- New Zealand military
- A Navy sailor, from French
- civilian dress; also used in a non-military context in other Commonwealth countries
- (RN/RM) term for Chocolate
- (RN) water. "on the oggin" = at sea
- an Irish soldier
- generic term for chaplain
- member of the Parachute Regiment
- (RN/RM) Army soldier
- Person Of No Tactical Importance. A more polite form of REMF (unpopular)
- member of the Royal Artillery
- 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'
- regimental headquarters
- rock ape
- RAF Regiment
- rubber dagger
- (RM) Royal Marines Reservist
- a commissioned officer, including medical officers (physicians)
- (Army) Food
- (RN/RM) Food
- Military Police
- spin a dit
- (RN) tell a story
- chocolate bar
- (Army) soldiers
- (Army) Stupid Territorial Army Bastard
- (Army) acronym for Tactical Advance to Battle, a forced march in battle dress order, either ending in battle or during training
- (Army) cigarette
- Taffy, Taff
- a Welsh soldier
- Tommy Atkins
- soldier in the British Army
- (Army) a remote or rural area, from the Malay language; "Out in the ulu" = away from base and populated areas.
- (RN) a hot drink, a cup of tea or coffee. "Want a wet?" = would you like a hot drink?
- (RN, spec. Submarine Service) crazy; "to go wibble" means to go crazy after being at sea too long
- (Army) a soldier from the Guards Division
- (RM) To force march with a heavy load
- Young Officer, an officer in training
- a commissioned officer