Military slang

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Military slang is an array of colloquial terminology used commonly by military personnel, including slang which is unique to or originates with the armed forces. In English-speaking countries, it often takes the form of abbreviations/acronyms or derivations of the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, or otherwise incorporates aspects of formal military terms and concepts. Military slang is often used to reinforce or reflect (usually friendly and humorous) interservice rivalries.

Acronym slang in US Military[edit]

A number of military slang terms are acronyms. Rick Atkinson ascribes the origin of SNAFU (Situations Normal, All Fucked Up/Situation Naturally All Fouled Up), FUBAR (Fucked Up Beyond All Repair), and a bevy of other terms to cynical GIs ridiculing the United States Army's penchant for acronyms.[1]

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  1. ^ Atkinson, Rick (2007). The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943–1944. The Liberation Trilogy. Henry Holt. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-8050-6289-2. 

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