Can you identify the meaning of these WWII slang words?
by Allie T.
Every generation creates its own unique slang words based on events and everyday life. See if you know all these WWII slang words by taking this quiz!

A letter from one's sweetheart was called a what?

  • Bull's eye
  • Sugar report
  • Shot in the dark
  • Fate

Becoming acclimated to the way a ship moved meant a sailor was getting his what?

  • Water arms
  • Sea legs
  • Ocean body
  • Land lines

What is a SNAFU?

  • Situation under control
  • Summer not happening
  • Sunshine is not an option
  • Situation. Normal. All _ucked Up.

"Kilroy Was Here" was a type of what?

  • Graffiti
  • Song lyric
  • Car
  • Plane

Who was a G.I. Jesus?

  • Action figure
  • Prayer
  • Chaplain
  • Police

When a person went "bucking for a Section 8" they were trying to get what?

  • Discharged from the military.
  • A date.
  • Sick leave.
  • A car.

A person who gives his opinion on everything is a what?

  • Armchair General.
  • Backseat driver.
  • Mother.
  • President.

What did the letters CB mean?

  • Cheeseburger
  • Country bum
  • Confined to barracks
  • Cat person

When someone said, "See the chaplain," what did he or she mean?

  • They should try to find God.
  • Go get married.
  • They didn't want to hear his/her troubles.
  • Someone should plan their funeral.

A know-it-all about military regulations was called a what?

  • Pain
  • Father
  • Barracks lawyer
  • General

Canned or tinned food was called what?

  • C-rations
  • Pizza
  • Garbage
  • Drink

Why didn't men like to get a Dear John letter, even if their name was John?

  • It forced them to go home.
  • It reenlisted them.
  • It was candy.
  • It was a break-up letter.

A Hershey Bar was actually used as a form of what in parts of Europe?

  • Exchange
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Home

A D-ration was what?

  • A dirt bag.
  • Vitamins in blocks of chocolate.
  • A song.
  • A woman.

Mae West was not only a famous actress, but soldiers also used her name to describe what?

  • A football player
  • An inflatable life jacket
  • An actor
  • An airplane

A poster of a sexy movie star was called a what?

  • Pin-up
  • Mistake
  • Wallpaper
  • Fountain

A pecker checker checked soldiers for what?

  • Mistakes
  • Venereal disease
  • Uniform
  • Work ethic

What was R & R?

  • Rest and relaxation
  • Run and rock
  • Rock and roll
  • Release and run

Beans was a nickname for what?

  • A cook
  • A gardener
  • A plumber
  • Football

What was a noncom?

  • Romance movie
  • Non-commissioned officer
  • Non beer
  • Ex friend

AWOL means what?

  • A wash-out
  • Not in service
  • Absent without leave
  • Animals in need

A pineapple wasn't a fruit, it was slang for what?

  • A grenade
  • Psych
  • Supper
  • Water

Lettuce or carrots were called what?

  • Rabbit food
  • Cow poop
  • Pig feed
  • Horse fodder

Gruesome twosome was what?

  • Criminals
  • Regulation shoes
  • Police
  • Twins

Dumbo was not only a Disney character, but also slang for what?

  • A rescue seaplane
  • U-boats
  • Platoons
  • A football team

What was Anastasie?

  • Drink
  • Food
  • Censorship
  • Politics

A canary was not only a bird, but also slang for what?

  • A nice-looking woman.
  • A ship.
  • A color.
  • A wedding.

"Sparks" is the nickname given to what?

  • Fire
  • DJ
  • Radio operator
  • Fireman

A unlucky or sad soldier was nicknamed what?

  • Poor person
  • Love actually
  • Invincible
  • Sad sack

Lead poisoning wasn't about filthy water or lead paint during WWII, but rather, it referred to what?

  • A knife wound
  • A bullet
  • A movie
  • Father Christmas

What was a Behavior Report?

  • A report to a superior.
  • A letter to parents.
  • A letter to a girlfriend.
  • A report to police.

Housewife was slang for what?

  • A sewing kit
  • An actual wife
  • A soldier's mother
  • A car

A disgusting lemonade powder found in rations was called what?

  • Country Tyme
  • P*ss water
  • Battery acid
  • Lemon Tea

A man or woman who flagged a 4-F was what?

  • Unfit for duty
  • Crazy
  • Bored
  • In love

If a person didn't have "jack" they didn't have any what?

  • Food
  • Money
  • Drink
  • Friends