Superseded by time but still engaging
A Dictionary of RAF Slang by Eric Partridge penguinrandomhouse.co.uk £5.99. Hardback 64 pages
At first sight, this re-issued edition of the 1945 publication seems fun and interesting. But so many of the words have since passed into daily use (or completely out of use) that the explanations of what was, at the time, ‘new’ slang have become less relevant. Nevertheless, there are some surprises, such as ‘beer-lever’ for the joystick of an aircraft, ‘wanks’ meaning strong liquor ( who knew?), and ‘tiggerty-boo’, meaning correct or in good order, which is now more colloquially ‘tickety-boo’.
This might have made a good stocking-filler for a pilot or someone interested in the RAF in WWII had it been released a few months earlier. JA