Summary of “20 Slang Terms From World War I”

One of the subtlest and most surprising legacies of the First World War-which the United States entered more than 100 years ago, when the country declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917-is its effect on our language.
Not all of these words and phrases have remained in use to this day, but here are 20 words and phrases that are rooted in First World War slang.
Booby-TrapBooby-trap had been in use since the mid-19th century to refer to a fairly harmless prank or practical joke when it was taken up by troops during the First World War to describe an explosive device deliberately disguised as a harmless object.
During the First World War the term came to be used as a nickname for shrapnel or shell-fire.13.
Shell-Shock Although the adjective shell-shocked has been traced back as far as 1898, the first true cases of shell-shock emerged during the First World War.
Spike-BozzledSpike was used during the First World War to mean “To render a gun unusable.” Spike-bozzled, or spike-boozled, came to mean “Completely destroyed,” and was usually used to describe airships and other aircraft rather than weaponry.
Strafe One of the German propagandists’ most famous World War I slogans was “Gott Strafe England!” or “God punish England,” which was printed everywhere in Germany from newspaper advertisements to postage stamps.
ZigzagZigzag has been used in English since the 18th century to describe an angular, meandering line or course but during the First World War came to be used as a euphemism for drunkenness, presumably referring to the zigzagging walk of a soldier who had had one too many.

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