British Military Slang Or Phrases You Need To Know
Fed up and unable to understand your military partner? Or an ex-forces colleague? Well, below is 40 of the forces favourite phrases.
If you are struggling to understand the military language your son, daughter, mother, father or an ex-military colleague is using. Here is your go-to guide/dictionary of all the words and phrases that you will ever need to know.
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A word which describes how cool someone or their equipment looks, usually their battlefield fashion. Those serving in the special forces have automatic ‘ally’ status.
Angry or fed up.
Excellent or amazing.
To describe something as good, desirable or brilliant. A particular favourite of the Guards Division. If something is ‘gleaming’ you’re probably onto a good thing.
5. ‘Dhobi Dust’
(Navy/Army/RAF) Slang term for washing powder. The Indian word 'dobi' meaning 'washing' or 'laundry' has been used ever since the British military were stationed there.
A fried egg sandwich, so called because when it is eaten, generally with the one hand that is free, egg yolk squirts onto the eater's shirt/jacket resulting in them raising their sandwich to approximately ear height while they attempt to ‘strum’ the egg from their shirt with their free hand.
(Navy/Army/RAF) slang for waste/discard able items such as food wrappers.
Slang for genuine: ‘What’s the gen?’ - What’s the true gossip?
Workshy or selfish person. For example ‘He's Jack as f***.’