Antedating of "oojah" and "oojahkapivi"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Oct 19 14:39:45 UTC 2013

Perhaps relevant, from "Letters From the Front" in The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW) 23 August 1915, from an 11 July letter:

"....The Hoojahs charged our trenches....I was shooting Hoojahs trying to creep back into their trenches...."*ignore*|*ignore*|||l-word=*ignore*|*ignore*|||sortby=dateAsc

Stephen Goranson
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Subject: [ADS-L] Antedating of "oojah" and "oojahkapivi"

>From db "The First World War: Personal Experiences":

1917 _Lines. The official organ of the Divisional Signal Company, RE_  (Nov.)
13: Things We Don't Expect ... A civi [sic] to understand the order "Take
this ujakapivi and go to the oojah and bring some what's it."

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