All soldiers in all wars have come up with their own terms and phrases to describe what they do and see.

Blighty/ A Blighty
  • term for England or “old Blighty”
  • a wound that does not kill but is bad enough to get you sent to England (Blighty) for treatment/sent home

The Hun
  • German Soldier – propaganda term adopted by soldiers referring to Attila the Hun and his brutality

Alleyman
  • German Soldier (from French – Allemand)

Barker
  • Sausage – referring to dog meat

Char
  • Tea

Bonzer
  • Good or Cool

Clicked It or Caught a Packet
  • Killed

Bully or Bully Beef
  • Canned Meat

Chit
  • Written Message

Chub
  • Shut Up

Cooties
  • Body Lice

Dixie
  • Food Container

Dud
  • Shell that fails to explode

Egg
  • Grenade

Elephant Dugout
  • Large Safe Dugout/Bunker

Having a Doss/Kip
  • Sleep

Holy Joe
  • Military Chaplain

Hop the Bogs
  • Going over the top

Up Against it
  • In Trouble

Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "WW1 Trench Slang," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019, https://schoolworkhelper.net/ww1-trench-slang/.

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