Afghanistan’s battlefield slang (British)
Posted: 28 October 2014 10:59 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Might be interesting to see if any make it into more common use:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29757988

I like the “Barma” collection.

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Posted: 28 October 2014 12:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Ah well, the British have had about 200 years to build up Afghan war slang

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Posted: 29 October 2014 05:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I posted this on LH and learned from the comments that “ally” is not the word I assumed it was but is short for “alumin(i)um” and rhymes with “valley.”

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Posted: 29 October 2014 06:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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languagehat - 29 October 2014 05:59 AM

I posted this on LH and learned from the comments that “ally” is not the word I assumed it was but is short for “alumin(i)um” and rhymes with “valley.”

Ha. I was going to ask about that.

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Posted: 29 October 2014 09:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The other one I wondered about was “barma” (searching for IEDs).  It had the look and feel of an acronym, but none was obvious, and the article didn’t mention one.  Per the LH site discussion, “barma” comes from “Operation Barma” (an objective of which, presumably, was detecting and eliminating IEDs) but the “Barma” in “Operation Barma” is a randomly generated code name, and is not a reference to anything.

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