How Well Do You Know Marine Lingo?

EDUCATION

By: Annette

5 Min Quiz

Unsat

When a Marine says that something is unsat, he or she is not pleased. Many things about a soldier's life can be unsatisfactory.

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FUBAR

FUBAR stands for F***ed Up Beyond All Repair. But this is not the truth, because there's nothing that Marines can't repair!

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Cammies

The Marines refer to their camouflage utility uniforms as cammies. The Army refers to them as BDUs.

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F***nuts

F***nuts is a derogatory term for a crazy situation or crazy people. We would imagine that the Marines encounter a lot of those.

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Rack time

Rack time refers to sleeping time. When Marines are in training, they don't get a lot of rack time.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

The Marines can say "whiskey tango foxtrot" whenever something is really crazy. These are the initials for "what the f***."

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ASAP

Make no bones about it, when a Marine wants something done ASAP, they want it done as soon as possible. Actually, they want it done right now.

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Bravo Sierra

Bravo Sierra stands for the initials of the word Bullsh*t. Get it? BS!

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Bulkhead

Bulkhead was initially the interior structure of a boat, but it can also be used to describe the interior walls of a building. The Navy uses this term, as well.

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Devil Dog

Devil Dog is a term of endearment used for tough soldiers. It's a compliment. It comes from the German word Teufelhund, which was used in WWII.

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Back on the block

When a Marine is back on the block, they're behaving like a normal civilian. Put down your weapon!

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First shirt

The First Sergeant is referred to as the First Shirt. He is usually the senior NCO within a military unit.

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Wing nut

A Wing nut is a member of the Air Force. Of course, this is a term of endearment, because Marines love the Air Force, right?

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Boot

A boot is someone that is a novice, or lacking in experience. It comes from the term "boot camp."

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Brig

Brig is a military prison, either on ship or ashore. Those who spend a lot of time in these prisons is called a Brig Rat.

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Barracks Bunny

Controversy alert: Barracks Bunny refers to a female Marine that sleeps around. The term "hopping from room to room" is also used.

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Ground pounder

Ground pounder usually refers to a military member who is mostly in the infantry. This applies to the armed forces.

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Skating

If you're skating, you're slacking off. That could mean you're a Semper I, always thinking of yourself.

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Good Cookie

The Good Conduct Medal is referred to as the Good Cookie. It's handed out every three years that a Marine has no major disciplinary offense.

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Fire watch

Fire watch now just refers to simple guard duty. The Marine might not even be looking for gun fire. Sometimes he's just standing around.

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Jesus slippers

The required sandals for showers are referred to as Jesus slippers or Jesus boots. Some even call them "boots from the Heavens."

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Yut

Yut is actually used come commonly than Oohrah. The sound is used a lot during motivational speeches, or when Marines are talking about blowing things up.

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Kill!

Kill! can mean all or any of these phrases. Sometimes, Marines say it just to say hello.

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Blue Falcon

A Blue Falcon is someone that betrays another Marine to save their own life. These are the initials for "Buddy-F***er."

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Improvise, adapt and overcome

"Improvise, adapt and overcome" is the unofficial motto of the Marines. This stems from the Marines having less funding and resources than the Army.

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Semper Gumby

Semper Gumby is a play on Semper Fidelis. It refers to the need to be flexible. If someone changes your assignment, you could say "Semper Gumby."

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Errr...

Errr... is actually a way of saying "yeah" or "I agree." It's an unmotivated or abbreviated version of "Oohrah."

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Bag Nasty

A bag nasty, or box nasty, is a brown bag lunch usually given to Marines who are recruits. It contains a sandwich, fruit, boiled egg, potato chips, and juice or milk.

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SITFU

You say SITFU to a soldier when they're complaining too much. It stands for "Suck It The F*** Up."

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BGB

BGB stands for Big Gray Boat. It is in reference to large ships, like carriers, which are gray in color.

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Grape

When something is grape, it's delightfully easy. For instance, you can be on some grape assignment that was done in, like, a minute. Your head can also be called a grape.

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Cheesed*ck

Cheesed*cking refers to doing something with minimal effort. For instance, you can cheesed*ck your way through an easy operation.

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Broke-d*ck

Broke-d*ck can either refer to a soldier who has been wounded and can't perform certain tasks, or a broken piece of equipment. Why the word "d*ck" is in there is anyone's guess.

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Goat Rope

A goat rope is a messy or chaotic situation. Imagine trying to lasso a goat.

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5 fingers of death

That's right, the MRE (meals ready to eat) with beef franks is referred to as the 5 fingers of death. It is also called beans and motherf******.

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About This Quiz

Marines have a language all their own. They speak the language of courage, they speak the language of freedom and heroism, and sometimes, they just call people "f***nuts." In this quiz, we're going to test your knowledge of Marine lingo!

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