Australian Digger Slang – World War I

– A –

A BEER UP

a drinking session

A BRADBURY

an English pound note

A RAINBOW

one who joins up at the time of armistice, or after the storm

A RAT AND FOWL

a shilling

A STEADY LAPPER

a hard drinker

A WASHOUT

a failure

A WIND-BAG

a braggart

ABOUT TURN

a village of Hebuterne

ACKETY-ACK

a full stop

ACK-I-FOOF

an A.I.F. man

ADJIE

adjutant

ALLEMAN

German soldier

ALMOND ROCKS

socks

ANY MORE FOR ANY MORE?

Cook’s cry denoting that although every man had been issued with his rations there was still some more food going begging

ANZAC WAFERS

hard Army biscuits

ARCHIE

anti-aircraft shell, said to be derived from a music-hall song with a catch-phrase “Archibald, certainly not” and is a suggestion that the guns seldom succeeded in hitting aircrafts

AUSSIE

wounded soldier to be sent back to Australia

AWSC

Australian Women’s Service Corps


– B –

BAB, BABBLER

an army cook – from “babbling brook”

BEACHY BILL

Turkish gun which rained shells on the beach at ANZAC Cove

BEER-SWIPER

drunkard

BIG BERTHA

German gun which bombed Paris

BIG NOISE!

a staff officer

BINT

any girl or young woman, adapted by the Australians from Arabic

BLIGHTY

serious wound warranting evacuation to London

BLITHERED

drunk

BLOW-HOLE

garrulous person

BOCHE

German soldier

BONZA

great

BOOZER

a pub

BOT

1. a man who goes into the forces with the full intention of finding a soft billet with no fighting attached to it. He is said to be “botting on the flag”.

2. a returned man who wants to live upon the fact that he has been to the front, instead of going back to his work in civil life in a proper way as soon as able.

3. a man in civilian clothes who wears a returned badge, who accosts a complete stranger also wearing a badge with a request for sixpence to get a drink.

BOWS AND ARROWS

tailors

BRASS

money

BUCKING HORSE

a sovereign

BUCK-SHE-POZZI GREASE

bread and jam


– C –

C3

disabled or discharged

CANTEEN MEDALS

beer stains on a uniform

CHI

tea

CHIPS

carpenters

CHOOM

English soldier

COAL SCUTTLE

trench mortar bomb

COFFIN NAIL

a cigarette

COLLECTING A PACKET

wounded

CONSUMPTION STICK

a cigarette


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– D –

DEEP THINKER

a man who was late to enlist

DIGGER

cobber, mate

DINGBAT

a batman

DINKUM

a soldier who never skirks fatigue or dodges the nasty little camp jobs; the man who does his share of the camp duties and his best in the fight

DINKUM OIL

authenticated news

DISASTER

a piastre

DIXIES

frying pans and saucepans

DODGER

bread

DORA

Defence of the Realm Act

DOUGH

money


– E –

EGGS-A-COOK

3rd Division A.I.F., derived from the shape and colour of the divisional shoulder patch

EMMA PIPS

military police


– F –

FLOG

steal

FLYBOG

jam

FOOT SLOGGER

long route marches

FRITZ

German soldiers

FROGS

French soldiers

FURPHY / FURFIE

a camp yarn, passed from mouth to mouth, but generally believed by no one


– G –

GOT IT

attacked from the enemy in front


– H –

HUN

German soldiers


– I –

IMSHI

clear out, get away

INKED

drunk


– J –

JACKS

military police

JAKE SCROUGE

successful avoidance of particularly irksome duties

JERRY

German soldier

JOCK

Scottish soldier


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