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A Dictionary of RAF Slang by Eric Partridge

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Over the past century, the servicemen and women of the Royal Air Force have created their own rich language. This remarkable book from 1945 by lexicographer Eric Partridge records the meaning behind a fascinating list of slang, from Canteen Cowboys (Ladies' men) to Half-Pint Heroes (boasters). Did you know that well-decorated flying aces were often nicknamed 'fruit salad', because their ribbons worn under the flying brevets would look like fruit in a tin? Or that if eager young crew were described as 'keen as mustard', this was a pun on Keen's mustard powder? The Dictionary of RAF Slang is a funny and fascinating insight into a time gone by.

Author Biography

Eric Partridge (1894-1979) was a New Zealand lexicographer of the English language. He served in the Australian infantry during WWI, during which time he developed an interest in military slang. In 1945, he wrote The Dictionary of RAF Slang after working for the air force, and wrote a total of over forty books about the English language over the course of his lifetime.
Release date NZ
November 17th, 2016
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Penguin Books Ltd
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