Slang in WWII

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  1. sabrina

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    I am looking for common slang terms used during WWII.

    The more phrases, words, etc. pertaining to not ony aviation but also daily life, the better. I am especially interested if there was a derogatory term used for men who were not in the service--may it be because of failing the physical or some other reason--there must have been some words that enlisted guys used.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Thanks, guys. The more the merrier...keep it coming.
     
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    vikingBerserker: fantastic website - thank you.
     
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    Hi Sabrina. I don't know if British wartime slang would be of interest, but if so, there's been a small book published recently, describing, and in many cases giving the origin of, many of the words and phrases used by the RAF. If you think it will help, let me know, and I'll try to find the publisher's details etc.
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    Romanians pilots used the word "ciori" for enemy planes. Translated in english it means crow, but with a more insulting meaning.
     
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