Appendix talk:Glossary of military slang

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The contents of this page are being transwiki'd from w:Military slang. The history is too long to easily move. The edit history will be preserved in Wikipedia in order to comply with the attribution requirements of GFDL. Rossami 06:33, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Dead donkey[edit]

Proof the Italians also had Spam. Trekphiler 23:50, 15 December 2006 (UTC)


The "Alfa Mike Foxtrot" seems rather first person, while the term is used in the 3rd person, ie: referring to someone about to be killed *by* the person saying it, may want to change... --> Guest 00:29, 18 April, 2007 (UTC) Changed

Just a couple quick notes: - WAG is in much wider use now... maybe we could remove the fuel load reference? I've heard countless folks using it to describe other wild-assed guesses. - Should we include DoD civilian type stuff? One example might be "Weenie Spanked", which is used to denote someone getting their ass handed to them by management. (e.g. "He took that idea to the boss and got his weenie spanked.") - 01:57, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

Buddy spike used incorrectly?[edit]

"This term was used, somewhat incorrectly, in the movie The Incredibles."

If we're going to say it's incorrect, we should say how. Can someone explain? As someone almost entirely ignorant of military slang, the usage in The Incredibles seems pretty similar to what we describe in our definition. --P3d0

"Buddy Spike" is normally used by the locking aircraft. Suppose Maverick is flying on Cougar's wing in a trailing position. If Maverick were to accidentally lock on to Cougar, Cougar's radar would alert him that he's been locked by a tracking radar. Maverick calls "Buddy spike" to indicate "That was me, sorry!" --Aubri

Not going to edit the main page but I believe the term used was "Buddy Spiked." Line being "India Golf Niner-Niner is buddy spiked." The character in question was missile locked by the film's antagonists whom she thought would be friendlies granting/denying her permission to land instead of sending missiles at her plane. I don't think the term was incorrect as claimed by the other users here. --Anon.


I have moved this glossary page from "Appendix:English military slang" to "Appendix:Glossary of military slang", as all glossaries start with "Glossary of", which identifies them as glossaries in the title; the titles of glossaries do not contain the term "English", as this distinction has so far been unneeded in Wiktionary. For an overview of titles of glossaries, see Category:Glossaries. --Dan Polansky 10:58, 12 July 2009 (UTC)

It is not exactly correct that all the glossaries are English; there is Appendix:Portuguese internet slang, which looks like a glossary. Still, as this is an exception, I would suggest that "English" is the implied default language of a glossary, which can be overridden by explicitly stating another language in the name of a glossary. Thus, there is still no need to rename all the glossaries to contain the term "English" in their name. --Dan Polansky 11:16, 12 July 2009 (UTC)
I disagree. The implied default language for glossaries should be all languages. Glossaries from specific languages (including English) seem to be restricted to vast lists, as opposed to the few English words that would be found in each of the possible appendices for amounts of time, five senses, chess pieces, playing cards, etc. Furthermore, I don't believe the words "Glossary of" serve any useful purpose, as part of the title. --Daniel. 08:12, 13 July 2009 (UTC)
Let's bring this to Beer Parlour. --Dan Polansky 08:50, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

A Few More Terms

Just wanted to submit a few terms I note as missing:

FLAILEX - (USN) Conflation of and representing "Exercise In Flail" - generally a fruitless pursuit or Charlie Foxtrot.

JANFU - (US) Acronym for Joint Army Navy Fuck-Up. Typically any Charlie Foxtrot involving participation from both Naval and Army forces.

BRD - (US) Beer, Ready to Drink. (Derived from MRE, meaning, "Meal, Ready to Eat")

Railroad Tracks[edit]

(USMC) More than one crease in the same place on a uniform. Normally from fast or careless ironing or pressing. Ruins the appearance and normally have to be carefully reconditioned.

(All US Services) The rank insignia of the third officer rank (O-3), an Army/Air Force/Marine Captain or Navy/Coast Guard Lieutenant. So called because it consists of two thick silver bars joined by two thin silver bars in a railroad track shape. Guest 17:17, 18 January, 2013 (CST) 00:14, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

UK terms[edit]

Much of the military slang originated in the UK. Only a few are included in this list, which is heavily slanted towards American slang. Some of the words defined as American are actually of British origins, such as blues for navy uniforms (which incidentally are technically very dark blue, not black). I suggest that an editor with knowledge of British military slang contribute to the page. I would do so but am permanently banned from editing by a political opponent. 21:15, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

US terms[edit]

There is a problem searching this list. Some things are listed as "US", and some things are listed as "U.S.", usually as "U.S. Marines", etc. Since most of the military slang originated in the US, some lesser (British) people may feel it is heavily slanted towards American slang. Some of the words identified as British are actually of American origins, and some standardization of the list would help. Everyone knows the English language was most propagated by the Americans, since the best of society moved across the pond in 1622. (I jest; but, the problem is real.) Awhit003 (talk) 09:21, 13 August 2016 (UTC)