Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 17 07:17:43 UTC 2013

A few suggestions:

"oojah" (OED: 1917)
"oojah capivvy", " ooja-ka-pivi" etc (OED: 1925)
"oojamaflip" (OED: 1969 )

"Yo!" as in "Hey!" (ASD-L: 1920)
"wog" (OED: 1929)
"shit hits the fan" (Partridge: US/Canada c. 1930)
"foo" (1937)
"out of left field" (HDAS: 1937)

"tickety-boo" (OED: 1939)
"egg in your beer" (American Speech: 1941, army slang)
"SNAFU" (1941)
the "kicker" (unexpected situation/detail (1942)
the "skinny" (the details/facts/truth) (WWII slang?)
"FUBAR" (OED: 1944)

"everything but the kitchen sink" (OED: 1948, me: 1914? 1919?)
"klick" (OED: 1967)
"bimble" (OED: 1980 )


> ------------------------------
> Date:    Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:20:42 +0000
> From:    "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
> Subject: Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War
> ProQuest is creating a digital collection of "Trench Journals and Unit Maga=
> zines of the First World War," covering more than 1500 periodicals.  Here i=
> s a description:
> "Produced, mostly unofficially, by every type of unit engaged in the war, t=
> he publications were principally distributed only to the members of the uni=
> t. The magazines were written and illustrated by the soldiers serving in a =
> huge variety of units of all combatant nations including America, Britain, =
> Canada, France, Australia, and New Zealand. Although the majority of journa=
> ls that have survived originate from units based on the Western Front in Fr=
> ance, there are also magazines from units serving on the Eastern Front, in =
> Gallipoli, Palestine, Egypt, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, =
> Britain and America."
> Can anyone (Jon Lighter?) suggest important terms that are likely candidate=
> s to be antedated by searching this archive?
> Fred Shapiro

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