Reblog: 20 Slang Terms from World War I

Are you a Downton Abbey Fan?  If so, do you remember Thomas Barrow, the conniving under butler, who went to the Western Front as a medic?  He held a match up in his hand so that it would be shot at by a German sharpshooter.   The subsequent wound proved to be a ‘blighty”  that earned him a return to Downton Abbey after it became a convalescent hospital.

For the meaning of blighty and 19 other slang terms from WWI, click here.


25 thoughts on “Reblog: 20 Slang Terms from World War I”

      1. Yes there has been a bit of a shift in my blog because of world stresses and reassessments of my twin flame journey. Life is a journey with ups and downs. I really love your blog and so interesting ❤️

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  1. I don’t usually comment on a re-blogged entry, but this one caught my fancy. There are some interesting words in there, some of which (like “strafe”) are younger than I thought. The word “dingbat”, though, is possibly older than the post indicates. In the printing trade, a dingbat is a small decorative flourish like a stylized leaf or a star or an insect that is added to text, sometimes to mark the end of a paragraph or section, and sometimes just because the printer felt like it. Merriam-Webster says it’s “a typographical symbol or ornament (such as *, ¶, or ✠)”. In Pennsylvania Dutch country, where barns are sometimes decorated with fanciful paintings of birds and leafy things, those flourishes are also known locally as dingbats. I have no idea why.

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    1. I got curious, so I looked a little farther. My six-volume Century Dictionary, published in 1889, does not include the word “dingbat” at all, which surprises me a little since I have much older books that certainly have dingbats in them, so printers were using them. I wonder what they were called then?

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