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Military Lingo

I was never in ‘the service’.  Not for lack of trying, though.  My disability kept me 4-F until the draft was discontinued.

I admire members of the military for their tenacity; their discipline.  Always have, even when many of my generation (Vietnam and post-Korea) protested actively against the military.

Of course, with today’s volunteer military, much of the culture has become ‘cool’.  I find in conversations with many the lingo terms I use are outdated.  “No lie G.I.!”

So I found a crib sheet!

U.S. Military Lingo: The (Almost) Definitive Guide

Examples therein:

Blowed up: Hit by an IED. Example: “I been blowed up six times this year.”

Fitty: The M2 .50 caliber machine gun.  (and how sad is THAT!)

Joe: Soldier. Replacement term for GI.

Perhaps one day we won’t have a need for such lingo…

h/t NPR, Ben Brody

Please remember today’s anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  We lose more WWII Veterans every day.  –  Guffaw 


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


8 thoughts on “Military Lingo

  1. Perhaps one day we won’t have a need for such lingo
    Unless we take the Big Hit from an asteroid or stop producing new generations, we will always have new slang.

    Dec. 7 is a sad reminder of a kind of “innocence” this country had before.
    It was like we thought we were immune to attacks just because of who we are and how much military stuff we had. (which pales in comparison to now)
    Now the goobermint looks at everyone as an enemy……especially it seems, it’s own citizens. (Hi Jimmy C.!!)

    Posted by KM | December 7, 2013, 9:26 am
  2. Yep, there will always be a military, and the associated slang… LOL And that one is the CLEAN version… 🙂

    Posted by oldnfo | December 7, 2013, 10:30 am
  3. I concur with Old NFO about how clean your abbreviated version is. F’r example, “cussing like a sailor” isn’t just a literary invention, ya know. 🙂

    Posted by Rev. Paul | December 7, 2013, 12:35 pm
  4. “Cobie Smulders”? I’m not too proud to admit that up until now I have been unaware of her beauty! Leave it to your generous sharing to teach an old dog a new way to look at the world. (I learned early on to respect my elders [at the end of a switch])

    Regarding military lingo, I find “fitty” no more offensive than “ma deuce”. The incredible creations of John Moses Browning should NEVER be trivialized by lazy spelling, or pop culture fads.

    Posted by AZRon | December 8, 2013, 1:50 am
    • HAHAHA! She was on a recently popular TV show (How I Met Your Mother) which ran either hot or cold for me. Sometimes hilarious, other times just stupid.
      But I always thought she was nice looking.

      “The incredible creations of John Moses Browning should NEVER be trivialized by lazy spelling, or pop culture fads.”

      AMEN, brother!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | December 8, 2013, 7:39 am

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