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 Post subject: Rhodesian Slang
PostPosted: 2009.12.21. 18:37 
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Rhodesian RLI Slang:


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babalas: a hangover, state of inebriation.

boom, gooters: dagga (marijuana).

breker: fighter or scrapper.

Burg: Salisbury (from the Afrikaans �town�)

catch us a glow: give me a light (for my cigarette).

china: friend (from the Cockney �china plate�mate�).

check you: see you (goodbye).

chibuli: beer. According to Chris Pearce Lieutenant Nigel Henson coined the word. Henson had gone to work in Oman for a couple of years. When he came back someone asked him what the Arabic was for beer. The quick-witted Henson replied, �Chibuli.� It transpired later that he had made the word up but by then it was part of the taal.

drifter: cloud.

flat dog, mobile handbag: crocodile.

floppy /floppies: insurgent/s (so named through their tendency to flop down when shot).

gangen, shateen: the bush (Shona).

gomo: a hill, kopje (Shona).

gonk: sleep.

goose, crow: a girl.

graze: food, eat (also grazing irons: cutlery).

grimmy: an uncomplimentary term for someone�s girlfriend .

jacket, jacked: smart e.g. I�m a jacked soldier (I�m a good soldier).

joller: an extrovert, show-off (from the Afrikaans jol�to party).

jawl, ek s�: come along (I say).

lekker glide: nice lift/trip.

lemon: failure or wash-out.

lighty: a kid or baby (from the Afrikaans laaitjie).

main manne what counts: the number-one man.

naai: f*** (Afrikaans slang)

ouen (pronounced �owen�), oke, ou: fellow or guy (from the Afrikaans).

cull, pull, slay, slot: to kill

pull a fade: not show up, run away.

Skies: Bulawayo (from �blue skies�).

scene: a contact (with the enemy).

slayer, gat, houtieslayer: rifle e.g. �I switched my slayer to sing� (I cock my rifle and fire).

snotsquirt, snotty: to shoot, s shot e.g. �I gave the gook a snotsquirt�

snaai: cheat.

start, kite: money.

tick taxi: dog

tune me/us ek s�: tell me/us (I say).

work us a glide/catch me a glide: give me/us a lift.

zut: nothing

rev: to work over, either verbally or physically. The Sgt. reved us for the cock-up. The gooks reved our posie.

posie: position, location

houtie: derogatory term for Communist Terrorist

bright lights: Salisbury, the largest, and Capital City of Rhodesia

EX: Jawl-eks, call in a breker to snotsquirt this scene, china; and cull those naai floppies. Then we'll can catch a glide back to the burg for graze, chibuli, and a few grimmy crows! Lekker? (Say that 3 times real fast. LOL.)

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 Post subject: Re: Rhodesian Army Slang
PostPosted: 2009.12.21. 23:05 
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Never heard the word pull to refer to death/killing. Heard cull used.


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 Post subject: Re: Rhodesian Army Slang
PostPosted: 2009.12.22. 01:21 
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My first night at Cranborne with to other brits, we were asked by a Rhodie recruit if we wanted to go to "graze" we thought he said "grace" and was going to church ,so we passed and went hungry that night

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 Post subject: Re: Rhodesian Army Slang
PostPosted: 2009.12.22. 02:15 
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canman: I got this from a Rhodesian ex-pat discussion group, but I've also heared "cull" rather than "pull." as well. I'll add it in.

maxdray: LOL! :lol: That's a great one. That's classic "High Comedy of the Services" in any Man's Army right there. I'm sure it wasn't funny to your bellies at the time, but in retrospect... Thanks for sharing that. It put a big grin on my face.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhodesian Army Slang
PostPosted: 2009.12.22. 17:50 
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here goes a few Rhodie sayings:
gwarra chick bird umfazi = girlfriend
rev = to be shouted at or shot at "the boss gave me a rev" or " the gooks gave (revved) our posie (position) a rev last night
I slung my houtieslayer to slung= put from safety onto fire or kill (slay) = houtie derogatory comment for a CT terr houtieslayer = rifle
howzit = hello
cheers = universal word meaning goodbye, thank you, your health

I can think of hundreds more but a lot of these were everyday slang in civvie street and not just the army
e.g. tune your old queen for some start and we'll catch us a flick and the jawl down the bright lights to spy the mahoorees
ask your mom for some money and we will go and see a movie and then got down town and eye out the tarts


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 Post subject: Re: Rhodesian Slang
PostPosted: 2009.12.22. 22:29 
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I changed the topic from "Rhodesian Army Slang" to "Rhodesian Slang." Please post anything relevant here for historical archiving that you care to contribute, Civilian or Military! :) jbmax, I added your military contributions to the list above. I hope you don't mind.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhodesian Slang
PostPosted: 2009.12.22. 23:00 
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Also, that little example at the bottom of how to string it all together is something I made a best-faith effort to do. I don't think I really did it right, so if any of you Rhodesian guys could give us a more proper example of how to speak like a Troopie, I'd be grateful, and include it in the list. Man, if anyone ever wanted to write a tell-all book that only fellow Rhodesian Troopies would understand, they could write it all in "Troopie-Speak" and be safe! LOL.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhodesian Slang
PostPosted: 2010.03.06. 03:39 
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There was plenty of slang about at the time. Was once told by a mixed race gentleman ( YOU TUNE ME ROUGH I' LL FILE YOU F**KING SMOOTH) But that was all part of the treatment!!!!!!!! :lol:


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Once heard an RDR soldier based at Makuti Police station say to his colleagues: "Hey munner, lets evaporate from here and condense at the motel!" Those guys had a sense of humour second to none.


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I recall a page or two devoted to the RLI 'taal' in The Incredibles. I will add them as soon as I can grab my copy of the book.


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