Google Answers: Iraq Slang, the Big Apple
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Subject: Re: Army/Marine slang in Iraq
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 12 Feb 2004 14:08 PST
Dear kevo1957-ga;As I mentioned, we may not know the full extent of this
issue untiltroops begin returning in larger numbers and we hear more of
theirstories. But since you are agreeable to accepting the ones I could asan official
answer I am posting these references to “un-official”slang terms for you. I
hope these help you better understand themilitary slang specific to the region
and the times:It appears that the nickname for local Iraqi’s and indeed any
Iraqiwhether he is friendly or not has become: “Haji” or “Hajji” and[plural] “
Hajis” or “Hajjis”:Hajji, of course, originally derives from those who have
madepilgrimages to Mecca, but the name the name “Hadji” probably comesfrom the
East Asian character in the cartoon “Johnny Quest” who alwaysseemed to find
himself in trouble and had to be saved by the leadcharacter, an American boy
named Johnny Quest. Hadji can been seenhere:
http://www.angelfire.com/realm/jonnyquest/images/hadji.jpg“I asked him what they call the Iraqis, he said "hajis".
It seems thatevery time we send troops to foreign lands, they end up being
very notimpressed by the native populations they meet and tacking nicknamesonto
them.”FREE REPUBLIC.COMhttp://18.104.22.168/focus/f-news/974771/posts“One of
First Recon's officers, Capt. Stephen Kintzley, puts it thisway: "We get a
few random shots, and we fire back with suchoverwhelming force that we stomp
them. I call it disciplining the Hajjis," he says, using a nickname for Iraqis
common among U.S.military personnel.”ROLLING STONE
http://www.rollingstone.com/features/featuregen.asp?pid=1707. . . . . . . . . . . . . Considered more
offensive by some are these slang terms occasionallyused for locals:“The American
soldiers refer to any number of Arab people as "Ragheads," "Towel heads," "Dune
coon," and "Camel jockey."SCREEN IT
http://www.screenit.com/movies/1999/three_kings.html. . . . . . . . . . . . . The wealthy suburban area of Baghdad is
known as “The Million Dollar Zone”:“The soldiers call Baghdad's Al-Kindi section
"The Million-DollarZone" because of its villas owned by former members of the
oldregime's Baathist Party.”PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/columnists/hiel/s_154986.html. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Unexpected delays are called “speed bumps”“How fast they can cover the distance
depends on the "speed bumps"they encounter, military slang for obstacles big and
small, such asIraqi resistance, a chemical attack and logistical problems of
thePentagon's own making.”GROUND TROOPS IN IRAQ MAY FACE UNKNOWN NUMBER OF
OBSTACLES IN PUSH TO BAGHDAD
http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/news/2003/030315-iraq01.htm. . . . . . . . . . . . . Former Regime Loyalists (FRL’s) of all types
and those sympathetic totheir cause are called “Wahhabi”:“The FRLs include
Baath loyalists, criminal elements and somereligious groups. These called
Wahhabi, largely as local slang…”THE CURRENT MILITARY SITUATION IN IRAQ
http://www.csis.org/features/031114current.pdf. . . . . . . . . . . . . The country of Iraq
is affectionately known by many as “The Sandbox”:“The Sandbox is military
slang for Iraq.”MOCK WARFARE PREPARES GUARD FOR REAL THING
http://www.avpress.com/n/sp/troops/2003-03-19-588296.hts. . . . . . . . . . . . . Friendly Iraqis
are called “"cooperatives”:“They're called "cooperatives" in the slang of
Baghdad and they arefound in most neighborhoods.”NEWSDDAY
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/iraq/ny-wobagh0315,0,1799554.story?coll=ny-top-adrail. . . . . .
. . . . . . . Highway 10 – Highway of DeathHighway 10 interchange – The
CloverleafThe bridge over the Euphrates River – The George Washington BridgeThe
area where the bridge is located – The Triangle of DeathTHE OBSERVER
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1120518,00.html. . . . . . . . .
. . . . The US attempt to rebuild the infrastructure of Iraq is known as“
Improving the foxhole”:PETRIFIED TRUTH
http://www.petrifiedtruth.com/archives/001289.html. . . . . . . . . . . . . Mosul City hall was called “Fort Apache”:“
Afterward, U.S. soldiers had to retreat into the equivalent of CityHall,
nicknamed "Fort Apache" by the soldiers.”LEAVE OUR COUNTRY
http://www.socialistworker.org/2003-1/450/450_02_Resistance.shtml. . . . . . . . . . . . . Interestingly,
but not surprisingly, the Iraqi’s also have somenicknames for American Troops –
“Ulooj” and “Tarateer”:“"Ulooj," they say, and while some use it with
disdain and others morelightheartedly, it's unmistakably not a nice reference -
though whatprecisely the ancient term from Arabic literature means depends
onwhom you ask. Among the translations offered: pigs of the desert,foreign
infidels, little donkeys, medieval crusaders, bloodsuckers andhorned creatures.”KR
Referred to Americans and Brits as, Tarateer; Iraqi slang forsomeone full of farts…”
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regards;Tutuzdad-ga – Google Answers Researcher
--------------------- THE BIG APPLE
Yes, it had to happen, and it's here today.
The first answer? "The Big Apple" comes from whores. Only five links are
given. The fifth link is to that well known scholar, "Dr. Universe," who
repeats everything that Salwen says about the whores.
I certainly hope that this Google researcher is taking acid. Not here is
the mayor's web page for "Big Apple Corner," the Straight Dope, the Museum of
the City of New York, the Gotham Center, or the New-York Historical Society.
Gerald Cohen's book is not here because--well, who reads books?
The second link of the five--just below the whores--is an out-dated web
page of the New York Public Library's Research Library, where the Cohen-Popik
work done in that library twelve years ago is never mentioned.
The NYPL could have put a stop to this by making a really good and
informative web site, but no....
Subject: New York Big Apple
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: keeter-ga
List Price: $2.00 Posted: 20 May 2004 18:07 PDT
Expires: 19 Jun 2004 18:07 PDT
Question ID: 349717
Why is New York called the Big Apple?
Subject: Re: New York Big Apple
Answered By: easterangel-ga on 20 May 2004 18:29 PDT
Hi! Thanks for the question.The answers to this question are varied and at
times conflicting ones.I will direct you to different resources that attempt to
answer thequestion. Some say it is because of a jazz, others say it came about
because of horse racing, etc."Why Is New York City Called 'The Big Apple'?"
http://salwen.com/apple.html"How did New York City come to be known as "The Big
Apple"?"http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/faq.html#apple"Why is New York City
called the 'Big Apple'?"http://gonyc.about.com/cs/atozinde1/a/bigapple.htm"Why
is New York City called the Big Apple?"
http://www.infoplease.com/askeds/2-4-00askeds.html"Why is New York called 'The Big Apple'?"
http://www.wsu.edu/DrUniverse/ny.htmlSearch terms used: why is "New York" called "Big Apple"
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