World War II postal acronyms

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World War II postal acronyms were first used to convey messages between servicemen and their sweethearts back home. They were usually written on the back of the envelope.[1]

The acronyms, possibly including some more recent additions, are:

  • S.W.A.L.K. - Sealed With A Loving Kiss
  • H.O.L.L.A.N.D. - Hope Our Love Lives/Lasts And Never Dies
  • I.T.A.L.Y. - I Trust And Love You or I'm Thinking About Loving You
  • F.R.A.N.C.E. - Friendship Remains And Never Can End
  • B.U.R.M.A. - Be Undressed/Upstairs Ready My Angel[2]
  • M.A.L.A.Y.A. - My Ardent Lips Await Your Arrival
  • E.G.Y.P.T. - Eager to Grab/Eagerly Groping/Grasping Your Pretty Tits[2]
  • N.O.R.W.I.C.H. - (k)Nickers Off Ready When I Come Home
  • V.E.N.I.C.E. - Very Excited Now I Caress Everywhere[3]
  • B.O.L.T.O.P. - Better On Lips Than On Paper
  • E.N.G.L.A.N.D. - Every Naked Girl Loves A Naked Dick
  • C.A.P.S.T.A.N. - Can A Prick Stand Twice A Night
  • C.H.I.N.A. - Come Home I'm Naked Already
  • C.H.I.P. - Come Home I'm PREGNANT
  • L.O.W.E.S.T.O.F.T. - Legs Opened Wide Enter Slowly To Obtain Full Treatment.
  • F.U.B.A.R. - Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition.

Terry Pratchett parodied this briefly in his Discworld novel Going Postal. His acronyms included L.A.N.C.R.E. and K.L.A.T.C.H. (Lancre and Klatch being two locations in the Discworld), although these were never officially expanded.

A Dirty Pretty Things song is named "B.U.R.M.A." after the postal acronym and contains the line 'Be Upstairs Ready My Angel'.


  1. ^ Douglas Sutherland (1988). Portrait of a Decade: London Life 1945-1955. p. 25. ISBN 0-245-54561-1. 
  2. ^ a b Jonathon Green (2006). The Big Book of Talking Dirty. p. 292. ISBN 0-304-36677-3. 
  3. ^ Simon Garfield (2013). To the Letter. p. 400.