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Service Slang – learn some colourful wartime language

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Fancy learning a new language? Well, wartime English is now available to study, courtesy of Service Slang.

This is a hardback reissue of a 1943 book by J. L. Hunt and A. G. Pringle, complete with period illustrations from ‘Flying Officer C. Morgan’. And it explains many phrases still in use today – like ‘browned off’ and  ‘cake hole’ for example, along with a few that were only really appropriate at the time – ‘chocks away’, ‘scramble’, ‘the gravy’ (Atlantic Ocean), ‘seven-beller’ (cup of tea) and ‘jeep’ (girlfriend) to name just a few.

A lighthearted book that might just expand (or least vary) your vocabulary in the modern age – it retails for just over £5.

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One thought on “Service Slang – learn some colourful wartime language

  1. Great post and a definite book I’ll have to check out. I love all different types of languages, including rhyming slang and different UK dialects and idioms. War-time slang is about to join the list!

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