Su­per­seded by time but still en­gag­ing

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A Dic­tionary of RAF Slang by Eric Par­tridge pen­guin­ran­dom­ £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

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