The design can be traced back to the type of helmet worn by English archers at Agincourt in 1415. Later on came to mean any excessive official documentaion. Native Egyptians once called Venice 'Bundookia', place of the big guns. From Arabic/Turkish/Hindustani burghul, oatmeal porridge. BUS Royal Air Force expression (affectionate and facetious) for aeroplane. BUZZER Electric device used in signalling to tap out and transmit Morse code. From the lowest British Army classification of fitness - those fit only for base duty.
BRITISH WARM An overcoat, knee-length and close fitting at the waist, worn by mouted troops and officers. Early examples of the helmet were officers' private purchases and differed slightly from the regulation pattern. The Bull Ring at Etaples was infamous for its severe discipline. BUMF Toilet paper, or newspaper used for that purpose. From Arabic/Hindustani for firearm, originally a crossbow.
he Tommies during WW1 and also WW2 developed a language of their own.
Many ex-servicemen still use words from this language in their civvie lives and children of these servicemen and woman are also familiar with many of the terms.
To bivvy up - to set up shelter, usually for the night. BLACK MARIA Heavy German high-explosive shell, so-named because of the black smoke it produced when exploding. It was often said in jest that the motto of the Brigade of Guards - 'honi soit qui mal y pense' - could be freely translated as 'after you with the Bluebell, Rupert', due to their excessive use of bull. From the regiment's time in India , at a time when the blue cap was the symbol of an elite force, much as maroon or green berets are today. From the marking painted on the delivery shell casing.
BLIMP RAF slang for the small, white, dirigible airships used chiefly for submarine reconaissance over the English Channel . BLUEBELL A popular proprietary brand of metal polish.
French town near the Belgian border, 20km south-west of Ypres .