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    The words have changed??

    Prompted by the other thread bringing back memories of the 1970's RAF i thought i would start this...
    Back at Christmas i was given a modern copy of a dictionary of RAF slang first published in 1945. Some of the words and phrases I can remember still being heard in the 1970's, some of them were long fallen into disuse, but I wonder how many of the following other goaters remember or can guess? Are any still in use or have they been replaced by something new?

    I'll leave it a couple of days and then put the answers up.

    black-outs
    brown job
    clock basher
    dedigitate
    duff gen
    fizzer
    fruit salad
    Queen Bee
    rooty medal
    wanks

    #2
    Not wishing to hijack your threa but what about this book.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Endex-2-Unc...ywords=endex+2

    I'm a citizen not a subject
    "The socialism I believe in is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards. That's how I see football, that's how I see life."

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      #3
      black-outs - Guess that means your room curtains
      brown job - Army
      clock basher - Don't know avid time keeper
      dedigitate - Don't know
      duff gen - false information
      fizzer - charge 252
      fruit salad - a collection of medals
      Queen Bee - head WRAF on station
      rooty medal - Don't know
      wanks - don't know but probably not the obvious
      Stents keeping things open 24/7

      Men have status, boys are busy updating theirs

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        #4
        Originally posted by Tin basher View Post
        black-outs - Guess that means your room curtains
        brown job - Army
        clock basher - Don't know avid time keeper
        dedigitate - Don't know
        duff gen - false information
        fizzer - charge 252
        fruit salad - a collection of medals
        Queen Bee - head WRAF on station
        rooty medal - Don't know
        wanks - don't know but probably not the obvious
        Fruit Salad > Fruit Segment > Flight Sgt?

        Queen Bee is also given to the married patch Wife who thinks she's the best of them all.

        No lie, actually got told off by some clueless Flight Ops Fit Lt for referring to the WO as Wobbly......
        Last edited by Spearmint; 13-04-2019, 20:11.
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          #5
          Originally posted by Spearmint View Post
          Fruit Salad > Fruit Segment > Flight Sgt?

          Queen Bee is also given to the married patch Wife who thinks she's the best of them all.
          Wasn't this also referring to the leader of the Mafioso wives of hen pecked husbands on the Marriage Quarters.

          No lie, actually got told off by some clueless Flight Ops Fit Lt for referring to the WO as Wobbly......
          I remember the same stories from the eighties

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            #6
            Originally posted by justintime129 View Post
            Not wishing to hijack your threa but what about this book.

            https://www.amazon.co.uk/Endex-2-Unc...ywords=endex+2

            I'm a citizen not a subject
            I don't know if any were still active during the eighties after the FALKLANDS WAR. But there were three cartoon booklets on sale. Up The Falklands, Carry On Yomping, Over the Top, WO Roy Carr CS Arthur Huddart Sarge John Webb.

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              #7
              Does anybody still say goppin?

              I was one also who didn't endear myself to my seniors by refering to the warrant officer as the wobbly and to one of our commisioned brethren as Mr Nice but Dim.

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                #8
                I use goppin still

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                  #9
                  Duff Gen, Fizzer and Fruit Salad are definitely still used, as are classics such as "Gadaffi".

                  Many moons ago, we had a FS at Marham go off the rails because everybody used to leave Fruit salad wrappers everywhere. What really sent him over the edge though, was when someone got a scrap car from the motor club, paint it in pink/yellow and dump it in his parking slot.

                  It's the Army ones that I've always liked such as "shutters parade" meaning being at the (NAAFI) bar for when the shutters go up.

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                    #10
                    The answers....

                    [table]
                    [TR]
                    [TD]black-outs
                    [/TD]
                    [TD]WAAF knickers (specifically the navy-blue winter-weights, the lighter coloured summer-weights being ‘twilights’)
                    [/TD]
                    [/TR]
                    [TR]
                    [TD]brown job
                    [/TD]
                    [TD]soldier
                    [/TD]
                    [/TR]
                    [TR]
                    [TD]clock basher
                    [/TD]
                    [TD]Instrument maker or repairer (as a trade)
                    [/TD]
                    [/TR]
                    [TR]
                    [TD]dedigitate
                    [/TD]
                    [TD]pull your finger out
                    [/TD]
                    [/TR]
                    [TR]
                    [TD]duff gen
                    [/TD]
                    [TD]false information
                    [/TD]
                    [/TR]
                    [TR]
                    [TD]fizzer
                    [/TD]
                    [TD]charge
                    [/TD]
                    [/TR]
                    [TR]
                    [TD]fruit salad
                    [/TD]
                    [TD]large number of medal ribbons
                    [/TD]
                    [/TR]
                    [TR]
                    [TD]Queen Bee
                    [/TD]
                    [TD]Either the OC WAAF at a unit or a radio controlled unmanned aircraft used for ground too air target practice
                    [/TD]
                    [/TR]
                    [TR]
                    [TD]rooty medal
                    [/TD]
                    [TD]Long Service Medal
                    [/TD]
                    [/TR]
                    [TR]
                    [TD]wanks
                    [/TD]
                    [TD]strong liquor
                    [/TD]
                    [/TR]
                    [/table]I can remember brown job, dedigitate, duff gen fizzer & fruit salad being in use but the rest were all new to me. Can you imagine saying you'd had some wanks with the Queen Bee???

                    I know that WRAF knickers were still a scaled item in the '80s but I don't remember ever seeing or issuing any when I ran a clothing store - who, I wonder, was the last serving female to wear them?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Spearmint View Post
                      Fruit Salad > Fruit Segment > Flight Sgt?

                      Queen Bee is also given to the married patch Wife who thinks she's the best of them all.

                      No lie, actually got told off by some clueless Flight Ops Fit Lt for referring to the WO as Wobbly......
                      Many years ago in II (AC) Sqn the WO Eng had the call sign Wobbly Orange. Very subtle.

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