– M –
head side of coin in Two-up
Military Cross; Military Medal
trench mortar bomb, derived from the German minenwerfer, a mine thrower
affectionate term for own battalion
– N –
– O –
– P –
Poor Bastards Infantry
staff-officer (because of the red tabs on the uniform)
PIDGIN LIKE BULLAMAKAU
pushed off quickly
PORK AND BEANS
Portuguese soldiers until an order was issued that they had to be referred to as “Our Gallant Allies!”
a demobilised soldier neatly dressed in civilian clothes
German hand grenade
bad or distasteful
one caught scrouging
– Q –
– R –
officers with red tabs
trench mortar bomb
– S –
deliberately shirking any piece of work
service rum diluted (In the jar there was not much dilution, but depending on the habits and likings of the Q.M’s and their offsiders whose hands it passed through on the way to the troops, it was not all rum at the point of issue. Nevertheless, it was always a welcome visitor to the front line, especially where things were willing.)
STACK THE DRAPERY
prepare for a fight
describes any event, from an air raid to a days C.B.
– T –
an effeminate man
long-distance heavy shell
TO TAKE TO THE TALL TIMBER
a man who boasts of wealth or position
– U –
bad, useless – a corruption of “up to putty”
– V –
– W –
Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps
the German Crown Prince
small but deadly German shell
a thief’s gains
– W –
- “Anzac” Slang, Preston Leader (Vic.), 29 April 1916, p. 5.
- A Slang Word, Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld), 1 May 1918, p. 3.
- Camp Slang, Dunolly and Betbetshire Express and County of Gladstone Advertiser, 19 November 1918, p. 4.
- War Slang, Kalgoorlie Miner (W.A.), 5 December 1919, p. 4.
- Slang and the Coining of Words, The Queenslander (Brisbane), 27 March 1920, p. 3.
- Army Slang, Western Mail (Perth), 9 March 1933, p. 2.
- Digger Slang, Daily Mercury (Mackay), 11 January 1940, p. 10.
- The Lingo Diggers Used, The World’s News (Sydney), 20 January 1940, p. 18.
- It is Changing Rapidly: Slang of Our Fighting Forces, The Australiasian (Melbourne), 29 August 1942, p. 23.
- The Lingo, The Northern Champion (Taree), 21 June 1944, p. 3.