Antedating of "oojah" and "oojahkapivi"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 21 10:22:37 UTC 2013

There's also Achi Baba in Turkey, which I spotted just earlier in this "shell shocked" antedating: "FIGHT FOR ACHI BABA":


Achi Baba (Turkish: Alçıtepe) is a height dominating the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, located in Çanakkale Province. Achi Baba was the main position of the Ottoman Turkish defenses in 1915 during the World War I Gallipoli campaign [25 April 1915 - 9 January 1916]. Mediterranean Expeditionary Force Commander-in-Chief Sir Ian Hamilton had set the capture of Achi Baba as a stated priority for operations during the Allied landing at Cape Helles on 25 April 1915. Four separate attempts were made by the Allies to seize Achi Baba and the village of Krithia between April and July, but the heights remained in Turkish hands for the duration of the campaign.


> Date:    Sun, 20 Oct 2013 01:58:52 +0800
> From:    W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: Antedating of "oojah" and "oojahkapivi"
> WB: RE: <(h)oojah> 'a Turk', cf. parallel American military slang word
> <Hajji> (from Arabic, someone who has completed the hajj to Mecca).
> Wikipedia: <<Hajji, Haji or Hodgie is more recently used as a derogatory
> term by American military personnel as a comprehensive term for Iraqis,
> Arabs, Afghans, or Middle Eastern and South Asian people in general.>>
> In my mind, <Hajji> is associated with <<The Adventures of Hajji Baba>>
> (1954 movie).

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