World War II created a brotherhood, and a language all its own. Men from a wide variety of backgrounds were thrown together in close-knit, often boring, frequently dangerous situations, and slang that came from those experiences tied them together and cemented their brotherhood.
WW2 slang helped create an “us” vs. “them” mentality, where them is not only the enemy, but the “Brass” and folks back home who can’t fully understand the world of the fighting man.
WW2 GI SLANG
There are currently 50 names in this directory beginning with the letter B.
Mustard; from its resemblance to that which comes out of the hind end of an infant.
Bags of Mystery.
Parachute jump from plane; by extension; to get out of a situation like a date.
A broad-assed Marine (i.e.; a female Marine).
Baptized by Fire.
To have been under enemy fire for the first time; to have received one's first wounds.
Artificial lemonade powder included in K-rations -considered undrinkable and regularly discarded or used as cleaning solution.
A Navy term referring to the heavy breakfast of steak and eggs commonly given to sailors and Marines on the morning of a combat operation.
To do one's best under difficult circumstances.
Hospital treatment for venereal diseases. Bayonet refers to the male member.
A beach where invading forces land
Beat your gums
To talk a lot about a topic.
Beat Your Gums.
To talk a lot about something. Variations: Gumming; Jawing; Chin Music.
Become a Gold Star in Mom's Window.
A gentle way of saying killed in action.
Letter to a girl.
Letter to a girl back home.
A man who has slept with a woman you slept with.
Anyone with a little authority.
A term sometimes applied by the Port Moresby natives to the B-24s when they first made their appearance in that area.
Bite the Dust.
Killed or wounded.
A date with a girl you have never seen.
Blow it out your barracks bag
Shut up! Go to hell!
Blow It Out Your Barracks Bag!
Shut up! or Go to Hell!
False courage inspired by drugs or drink. Variations: Bought Guts; Drugstore Nerve.
Broad With a Heat Wave.
Passionate woman; women with a venereal disease.
Broad With a Load of Lettuce.
A woman of wealth.
Broad With Canned Goods.
Ass-kisser. To curry favor; or boot-lick. Variation: Brownie.
Annoyed or fed up.
Men in the armed forces who have been dumped by their girlfriends. Variation: The Ex-Darling Club.
’Big time operator’—someone who thinks he is important.
Big Time Operator: someone who thinks he's important.
The lowest rank in the Army.
A lazy solider with a sloth-like attraction to his bed. Variation: Sack Rat.
Burn and Turn.
Game of blackjack.
WW2 Slang Sources:
“Glossary of Army Slang,” American Speech, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Oct., 1941).
“G.I. Lingo,” American Speech, Vol. 20. No. 2 (Apr. 1945)
War Slang: American Fighting Words and Phrases Since the Civil War By Paul Dickson
FUBAR: Soldier Slang of WWII By Gordon L. Rottman
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