You won't get any pocket lettuce for knowing what a hash burner or ginkus is, but World War II produced all sorts of fun lingo. So put that in your mess kit and let's go!
Not every member of the Air Force cruises through the skies. Those who stay on the ground are called penguins, because penguins don't fly.
"Juice," of course, is slang for electricity. So if you need power, you want an electrician, or juice jerker.
You want a frontal assault on dug-in Nazi troops armed with thousands of machine guns? That idea's all wet -- in other words, it's a bad idea.
You want someone to help you dig that foxhole? I don't care -- tell it to the Marines!
"Tiger meat" was slang for beef. Quality beef, as you can imagine, was tough to come by during the conflict.
Standard helmets looked a bit like chamber pots from the olden days. They were called piss pots.
If your superior told you to taxi up, it meant that he wanted you to approach him so that he could chat with you. How else would he break the news that you're about to charge enemy lines?
There was a lot to be angry about during wartime. It was appropriate that many people were "browned off," frustrated and furious about the conflict.
Soldiers were known to blow off steam by consuming copious quantities of alcohol. Going on a toot was fun ... until the next morning.
When your feet were exhausted from a long march, you might say that your "dogs" were exhausted.
If another soldier told you to roll up your flaps, it meant that you needed to stop talking...because you're driving people crazy, already.
"Ack-ack" was slang for anti-aircraft fire. Slow-moving bombers were ripe targets for ack-ack.
Depth charges must have reminded some soldiers of cans for cigarette ashes. They called them "ash cans."
Canned milk was called armored cow. If you didn't have a can-opener handy, good luck getting at the not-so-delicious concoction.
If you could "prang" a target, it was good news. It meant that you destroyed it.
"Pig snout" was slang for gas mask. They were an unfortunate necessity during the war.
Idle chatter is a way of life for soldiers. If you beat your gums a lot, you can't stop talking.
Army food wasn't the greatest. And Army strawberries were particularly gross ... they were derisively called prunes.
Aircraft mechanics loathed gremlins, which were mysterious malfunctions that plagued planes of the era. These days, the word gremlin often refers to the little movie stars of the famous film.
Hear that bugle blowing? The misery pipe is calling you men to wake up and face another day at war.
If someone brags a lot, they might be a BTO, or Big Time Operator, someone with an inflated sense of self worth.
Blanket drills were painfully rare for men on the front line. But when they had a chance, they loved napping.
Do you have any idea what's really in that Army sausage? That's why those weenies are called bags of mystery.
Someone always has to clean dishes at the mess hall. Sometimes that particular chore was called bubble dancing.
When things got ugly or someone was about to die, the devil beater (or chaplain) was there to say prayer and help soldiers make peace with God.
Some soldiers loved blanket drills entirely too much. They were lazy bunk lizards.
Machine guns had all sorts of nicknames. One was "devil's piano." You didn't want to be on the business end of one of these terrifying weapons.
War is filled with awful, ugly tasks. But "duck soup" referred to easy chores. You definitely wanted the duck soup.
Checking out meant that you were going home, all right. But it meant you were going home in a body bag.
To "lay an egg," meant to loose a bomb. The Allied air forces dropped countless bombs during the conflict.