A retro 1945 book about the Royal Air Force's slang words and phrases.
Over the past century, the servicemen and women of the Royal Air Force have created their own rich language. This remarkable book from 1945 by lexicographer Eric Partridge records the meaning behind a fascinating list of slang, from Canteen Cowboys (Ladies' men) to Half-Pint Heroes (boasters).
Did you know that well-decorated flying aces were often nicknamed 'fruit salad', because their ribbons worn under the flying brevets would look like fruit in a tin? Or that if eager young crew were described as 'keen as mustard', this was a pun on Keen's mustard powder?
The Dictionary of RAF Slang is a funny and fascinating insight into a time gone by.