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Communication Trivia Answers

Did you guess that the meanings of these slang terms from The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English had a Veterans’ Day theme?  Here are the definitions:

  • Blisterfoot: noun an infantry soldier.
  • Eggbeater: noun a single-rotor helicopter.  Coined well before the war in Korea, but used extensively by US forces in Korea.
  • Moonbeam: noun a flashlight.
  • One of the original twelve: noun an extremely high-ranking officer.  Us naval aviator usage.
  • Red-legs : noun the artillery.  From the red stripes on the trousers of Union artillerymen during the US Civil War.

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