Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Top 10 List of My Favorite Military Slang

If you've been around the military long enough, you know that slang is a large part of service members' vocabulary.  Sometimes I think I need a military dictionary just to help me translate when my husband tells me about his day at work.
When I decided to put together this top 10 list, I employed Mr. Roller Coaster's help.  And what a hoot it was to hear him list off a bunch of military slang with their silly, outrageous, cuss-filled explanations.  (If you have a military significant other, I highly recommend asking him what his favorite military expressions are.  You'll definitely get a few laughs out of it.)
So thanks to a little help from my husband, here are my...
Top 10 List of My Favorite Military Slang
(For definitions, see Wikipedia's list of military slang HERE)

10)  Goat rope

9)  Fart sack

8)  Sandbagging

7)  Soup sandwich

6)  Clusterf*!k

5) Nut to butt

4) Hitting the head

3)  Zero Dark Thirty

2)  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

1)  ...and a wakeup

What is your favorite military slang?


  1. Ha!! I do love nut to butt:)

  2. I've never heard of some of those! I'll have to ask hubby about them. I didn't know number 6 was military slang. I've said that a time or two myself.

  3. I did not know that "snafu" was military slang until very recently! It is shortened for "situation normal; all f***ed up". It sounds so... innocuous. It first appeared in 1941.

  4. Hilarious! After reading this post I had to ask my husband what his favorite expressions were. Here's what happened:

    My husband's favorite military slang:

    When asked if there were any others he said, "No, that about covers it."

    On second thought:
    LSD - Let Swings Do it (a close second to FUBAR)
    FMF/FSF - F*** Me Friday/F*** Swings Friday

    He assures me that he'll keep a list over the next few days to see if anything good comes up (which it will - just hurry up and wait).

  5. Is it sad that my 7yo says she's hitting the head before we leave the house?? I use Whiskey Tango Foxtrot too much, and a wake up...awww homecoming countdowns!!

  6. You've hit upon some good ones! Sampson and I both use plenty of these, to the point that we don't even register them as slang anymore... until we see blank looks on the faces of civilian family members or friends. Throwing in our backgrounds in comp sci/engineering and a healthy does of aviation terminology yields a very jargon-heavy vocabulary for us.

  7. Prick E7. If you're a Marine, you'll understand this one.

  8. You can tell I haven't been associated with the military for long...as I don't even know what half of those mean. Ha :)

  9. Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo :)

    Clusterf*!k is probably one of my favorites though haha.

  10. that list is hilarious! Oh, please post the meanings in a column next to the list! following you back and thanks for the follow.

  11. Semper Gumbi! I've always loved that one. :)

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  13. Maybe this isn't military necessarily, but I never heard it used so commonly before we got in the Army. Saying somebody is "chill." Not chilling, like hanging out. Just chill. I like it.

  14. Manferno!!! lol cracks me up

  15. omg... i have heard some of those but not all...and they sound so dirty in a list like that lol

  16. so funny I did not know most of these. my hero has been in 19 years and i still do not know most of them

  17. Being from the Chair Force, I heard a lot. But one of my favorites was when someone was doing something stupid, we always asked that person if they filled out their ID-10-T (ID10T) form. :) And then telling them to Shut Up and Color. :D

  18. HA! What does 'nut to butt' mean? :) Thanks for following www.lifesgristle.blogspot.com! following back!

  19. followed you back...cheers! :-)

  20. Awesome post :)

  21. Haha this is great! Thanks for the idea, I am def going to ask my hubby what his list is!

  22. Ha - 14 years as a Navy wife - he already had 10 in. He's retired now, thank god. But he used to tell his men "F*!k around, F*!k around, soon you won't be around." I know dumb but when you're 6'2" and yelling it, I guess it works.

  23. I've heard all of these a lot in the 10 years we've been married. We also have "get the sand out of your p*&^y."

  24. BAMCIS
    Begin planning
    Arrange recon
    Make recon
    Complete the plan
    Issue orders

  25. Loved these and so apparently did your readers! I've written them down for future reference and have already used "soup sandwich!"

  26. The Hubble just used one on me yesterday that I'd never heard of: pogey bait. I really like "squared away."

  27. AnonymousJuly 14, 2011

    My favorite is "Butt hurt"
    also heard a "bag of a**"
    and a "Sh*t Bag"


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