Quiz: Can you identify the meaning of these WWII slang words?
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Can you identify the meaning of these WWII slang words?
By: Allie T.

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How well do you think you know World War II slang? Take this quiz and find out.

Today's generation "speaks" with emojis and acronyms. This behavior isn't new. From the beginning of time, older generations have been lamenting that they just don't understand "young people today." It may be hard to believe as we look at our grandparents and great-grandparents, but the generation that came of age during World War II had their own unique way of communicating, too. 

From words like palooka, wilco, clams, gams, and jake, to entire phrases such as "blow it out your barracks bag" and "cooking with gas," the World War II generation was just as adept at developing colorful lingo as any other generation before or since.

So, if you knew that palooka means loser, wilco means okey dokey, clams refers to money, gams refers to legs, and jake a-ok, then you are likely to do well on this quiz. But if you knew that "blow it out your barracks bag" means "get lost," and "cooking with gas" means being "on to something," you just might answer all of the questions on this quiz correctly.

Think you've got what it takes to hang with the Greatest Generation? Let's roll.



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