How much military slang do you know?


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If you are struggling to understand the military language your son, daughter, mother, father, or an ex-military colleague, is using see a selection of words and phrases (from Forces Network) that you need to know.

1. ‘Ally’

A word which describes how cool someone or their equipment looks, usually their battlefield fashion. Those serving in the special forces have automatic ‘ally’ status.

2. ‘Threaders’

Angry or fed up.

3. ‘Hoofing’

Excellent or amazing.

4. ‘Gleaming’

To describe something as good, desirable or brilliant. A particular favourite of the Guards Division. If something is ‘gleaming’ you’re probably onto a good thing.

5. ‘Dhobi Dust’

(Navy/Army/RAF) Slang term for washing powder. The Indian word ‘dobi’ meaning ‘washing’ or ‘laundry’ has been used ever since the British military were stationed there.