martes, 7 de enero de 2014


Here's a glossary of twentieth/twenty-first century military slang:

  • CGU-11: seagull. Used in US Navy prank (cadet/middie has to report sighting of a "see gee you eleven" to officer on duty).
  • SNAFU: Situation Normal, All F***ed Up
  • FUBAR: F***ed Up Beyond All Repair/Recognition (worse than SNAFU)
  • TARFU: Totally And Royally F***ed Up (worse than SNAFU and FUBAR)
  • FIGMO: F*** It, I've Got My Orders (the attitude of a by-the-book and know-it-all officer)
  • BOHICA: Bend Over, Here It Comes Again (an adverse situation is repeating itself)
  • AWOL: Absent Without Official Leave (euphemism for "deserter")
  • POW: Prisoner Of War (neither slang nor modern day, but still crops up in my production)
  • BLAM: Big-Lipped Alligator Moment (not from the military, but from narratology. A Big-Lipped Alligator Moment is an utterly irrelevant, superficial, and never-spoken-of-again episode in any work of fiction [examples would be the flowers' dreams in the Third Story of The Snow Queen or the pink elephant musical number in Dumbo]).

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