Book on Vietnam War Slang

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 24 22:51:03 UTC 2014

Notable is the Asian chigger,  _Trombicula fujigmo_ (Philip & Fuller, 1950).

(FUJIGMO being an elaboration of FIGMO; but unrelated to KMAGYOYO.)



On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 2:56 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at>
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> Not at *all* peculiar to the Vietnam-War era. FIGMO and "cop a squat" are
> contemporary, in my experience, in the sense that I learned them both from
> one older, Army-vet friend, ca. 1953, very possibly in the same
> conversation. (I was already familiar with SNAFU and FUBAR, of course.)
>  Before the draft was done away with, damned near "every swinging dick" in
> the country had occasion to get "nervous in the service." I even knew black
> *marines*, when they were as rare as black MD's, instead of figuring
> prominently in recruitment ads.
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